Would you be the greatest pirate in the South China Sea or would you hang up your sword to be with the woman you love?... Selected by Julia Eccleshare's 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.
Salgari's pirate tale is chock full of action, [like] the better dime-novel adventures of the late 19th-early 20th century, Douglas Fairbanks' Sr. swashbuckling movies, or the Indiana Jones films -- this is the sort of thing Salgari has put to paper. --George Dodds, Sfsite.com
In my search for the best in historical, swashbuckler-type adventure fiction, I have more than once stumbled across the name of Emilio Salgari. Having now read the first book, Sandokan: The Tigers of Mompracem, I must say that I can see what all the fuss is about, but I would have seen it all even better had I been able to read the book when I was about thirteen. The story of a vicious, revenge-obsessed pirate who suddenly falls in love, causing everything to change for him, is full of the kind of melodrama, and spurts of blood, that I would have loved at that age. ~Elijah Kinch Spector
This tale captivates the reader and sweeps him/her back in time on a whirlwind ride through storm-swept seas and lush tropical jungles inhabited by dangerous beasts. --Cindy Vallar, Pirates and Privateers
The book really flies from adventure to adventure. Most of the short chapters end on an insane cliff-hanger. I would imagine if you were reading this as a chapter book with a kid, the story layout would be fun. Anyhow, the book is a blast. I can see why it's an old, beloved children's book. ~ Cindy, Goodreads.com
From the Author
ROH Press has published the first ever English translations of his most popular works. In 2008, they were awarded the Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs' Translation Award for the English language version of Emilio Salgari's classic The Tigers of Mompracem. In 2009 the Sandokan and Black Corsair novels were both listed in Julia Eccleshare's 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.