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Sandbankarnas gåta (1903)

av Erskine Childers

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While on a sailing trip in the Baltic Sea, two young adventurers-turned-spies uncover a secret German plot to invade England. Written by Childers--who served in the Royal Navy during World War I--as a wake-up call to the British government to attend to its North Sea defenses, The Riddle of the Sands accomplished that task and has been considered a classic of espionage literature ever since, praised as much for its nautical action as for its suspenseful spycraft.… (mer)
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    De trettionio stegen av John Buchan (simon_carr)
    simon_carr: Similar in many ways: plucky Englishman chances upon a dastardly German plot. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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    Thirst for the Sea: The Sailing Adventures of Erskine Childers av Erskine Childers (John_Vaughan)
    John_Vaughan: The actual sailing logs and articles of Childer's real cruises, and smuggling!
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    The riddle of Erskine Childers av Andrew Boyle (John_Vaughan)
    John_Vaughan: To know the man even better, read his now famous novel - the other riddle.
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    The Falcon on the Baltic av E. F. Knight (Cynfelyn)
    Cynfelyn: The Dulcibella sails the same waters the Falcon had sailed less than twenty years earlier. Some things have changed, for example the Kiel Canal has replaced the Eider Canal, but the weather, the sailing and the sense of place are the same.
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    Kim : hela världens lille vän : berättelse från Indien av Rudyard Kipling (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: More spying and skulduggery
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    The Zeal of the Convert av J. Burke Wilkinson (John_Vaughan)
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    The English Channel av Nigel Calder (John_Vaughan)
    John_Vaughan: Cruises in the same water
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    Biggles and the Black Peril av W. E. Johns (simon_carr)
    simon_carr: Espionage and dastardly Germans aplenty in both.
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... reading due to an odd reference from "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold." Ponderously British.
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
Published first in 1903, the Riddle illuminates a concern Childers had with Germany's potential to invade England by sea. A staunch patriot, according to the introduction, Childers felt obligated to make his calculations known, and as it happens he had the writing skill to do it well.

The novel features two men. Carruthers is a Foreign Office clerk who joins a former classmate, Davies, on a yacht in the North Sea, supposedly for a vacation. The invitation was unexpected because the two had known each other but had never been close. Having no other plans, Carruthers is intrigued enough to go.

The yacht is not what Carruthers expected. No luxury cruise, this. Instead, he comes to admire Davies' remarkable sailing skills and in time to pick some up himself. In time he wonders what is really going on, and finally Davies shares his suspicions and his plans, and the two essentially become amateur spies.

This is considered the first true spy novel and it's a good one. It isn't much like the spy stories I have read, particularly because so much of it involves negotiating the craft. The author must have had considerable yachting experience himself. Although I did not understand the details I was able to keep up with the story.

It is written in a way that keeps us a bit distant from the characters, especially the young woman Davies fancies. Yet I could still get a good sense of the young men. I had a sense, though, that the two acted like older men. It took a while for me to force my imagination into seeing them both as young. I don't know if this is because of the writer's style or because the expectations of young men at that time were higher than they are today. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Set before World War I, this enthralling novel pitches two amateur sailors, Davies and Carruthers, against the secret forces of mighty Germany. Powers of deduction and navigational skills prove equally important in uncovering a plot which threatens personal as well as national security. The book was responsible for the UK development of the naval base at Rosyth, as Davies gradually reveals that he suspects that the Germans are undertaking something sinister in the German Frisian islands. This book is said to be the first spy novel and was published in 1903. I enjoyed the book very much but since the author was a sailor the information about yachting was a bit too detailed. I would recommend this book to those who love yachting and spying. ( )
  EadieB | Apr 26, 2020 |
Reprint with new introduction by Norman Donaldson. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
One of the very first spy thrillers. Two English yachtsmen sailing around the Frisian Islands discover a German treasure salvage operation that might be a cover for something more nefarious. They make clandestine investigations so they can alert the Admiralty and Foreign Office. There are many superb feats of small boatsmanship.

There was a pretty good movie version in 1979, with Michael York and Simon MacCorkindale.

As interesting and exciting as this novel is, it’s nothing compared to the life of its author. Just read his Wikipedia page—totally bonkers. One tidbit: When he was (spoiler) being executed by the Irish Free State for the trumped-up charge of owning a pistol (a gift from Michael Collins), he made it a point to shake the hand of every man on the firing squad. His final words were, “Take a step or two forward, lads, it will be easier that way.” ( )
  k6gst | Feb 12, 2020 |
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Forfatter: Erskine Childers

Boken beskriver to engelskmenns seilas i en knøttliten båt for vel 100 år siden. Området de seiler i er grunt og fullt av sandbanker, og to ganger i døgnet fylles og tømmes det av tidevannet. De gjør noen spennende oppdagelser om mulig invasjon av England... Boken har vært utgitt utallige ganger verden over og er også blitt filmatisert to ganger. På tross av at den ble skrevet for over hundre år siden, kan den leses som en moderne spenningsroman. Forfatteren og boken representerer hver for seg to meget interessante historier. Childers var ire, men kjempet for engelskmennene under Boerkrigen. Deretter ble han engasjert i IRA, der han drev med våpensmugling med sin 60 fot Colin Archer. Under første verdenskrig var han igjen å finne på britisk side. Boken fikk stor betydning for britenes forsvarstenkning.
Denne utgaven inneholder en epilog av forfatteren som ikke har vært publisert på norsk tidligere. Boken er glimrende oversatt av Jon Winge.
tillagd av KystbiblioteketOslo | ändraFlyt Forlag, Anne Nygren
 
Apart from the political significance of the book, "The Riddle of the Sands" is fiction of a high quality. Its style and its permeating atmosphere of the sea suggest Conrad; and, like Conrad, the author takes us so thoroughly with him that our hearts beat with those of the perplexed voyagers, and we even share the smells and flavors of their cramped little yacht.
 

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I have read of men who, when forced by their calling to live for long periods in utter solitude - save for a few black faces - have made it a rule to dress regularly for dinner in order to maintain their self-respect and prevent a relapse into barbarism. It was in some such spirit, with an added touch of self-consciousness, that, at seven o'clock in the evening of 23rd September in a recent year, I was making my evening toilet in my chambers in Pall Mall.
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But I did know something of Germany... I described her marvellous awakening in the last generation under the strength and wisdom of her rulers; her intense patriotic ardour; her seething industrial activity, and, most potent of all, the forces that are moulding modern Europe, her dream of a colonial empire, entailing her transformation from a land-power to a sea-power.
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