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The White Rajah

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  44 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
The breathtaking island of Makassang, in the Java Sea, is the setting for this tremendous historical novel. It is a place both splendid and savage, where piracy, plundering and barbarism are rife. The ageing Rajah, threatened by native rebellion, enlists the help of Richard Marriott - baronet's son-turned-buccaneer - promising him a fortune to save his throne. But when Ric ...more
Paperback, 414 pages
Published January 12th 2008 by House of Stratus (first published January 1st 1961)
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Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Melisende d'Outremer
Just arrived from USA through BM.

This is the story of Richard Marriott, a disinherited son of a British aristocrat who find his true destiny at the island of Makassang, an imaginary island in the Java Sea.

This book sounds as a mixture of "Far Pavilions" by M.M Kaye and "The Sea-Hawk" by Rafael Sabatini without the literary accomplishment of these last authors.
Elise Noorda
Good book and insights into the clash of Western and Eastern cultures. Set in Malaysia during British and Dutch colonialism. I thought it was about James Brooke, but it's a fictional character on a fictional island, close by Saraowak.
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've started reading my father's books, which have been boxed up in my spare room since he moved into a rest home. My copy is a hardback, published by Cassell in 1961. Compared to modern books it has no eye appeal, but I found it an absorbing story and would be happy to read more by this author.
Based on the character of James Brooke of Sarawak, an entertaining, fictionalised account of an interesting time of European interference in the Far East
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Born on Rodney Street in Liverpool, Monsarrat was educated at Winchester and Trinity College, Cambridge. He intended to practise law. The law failed to inspire him, however, and he turned instead to writing, moving to London and supporting himself as a freelance writer for newspapers while writing four novels and a play in the space of five years (1934–1939). He later commented in his autobiograph ...more
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