|Title||:||The Spotted Deer (Penguin 1580)|
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The Spotted Deer (Penguin 1580) Reviews
A fascinating book about the authors role in the forests of Burma as the chief Forestry Assistant of a timber extraction camp, using elephant teams as labour. He is offered the opportunity to travel to the little explored Andaman Islands, and survey the area to determine its suitability for logging.Joined by a forestry engineer, a Swedish timber specialist and the son of official in Port Blair along with his personal servants and 50 Burmese convicts (Port Blair was a penal colony), the are dropp [...]
Whilst Williams is much more famous for Elephant Bill I think this is his best book. It tells of an exploratory trip he made to the Andaman Islands in search of workable timber. His work crew were made up of a crowd of Chinese convicts, opium addicts to a man. Williams decided that taking a football with him was a good idea and an aid to keeping the peace. What he didn't tell the authorities was that the football was stuffed with opium.
Really interesting and nice written book about former colonial life in the wood industry in the West Indies. Beautiful descriptions of the Andaman Islands and the natives. Also partly lessons in humanity. Book reminded me of Monckton's book Some experiences of a New Guinea Residential Magistrate. Williams is a great story teller.