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The Spotted Deer (Penguin 1580)

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This is the story of life in the timber trade in the forests of Burma, at the time when that country was part of the Indian Empire. Rather novel-like in tone, Williams' account includes much of interest on the country and its peoples, as well as his trip to the Andaman Islands (also owned by India, as they still are) which he refers to in his earlier books 'Elephant Bill' ...more
Paperback, First Penguin edition
Published 1961 (first published 1957)
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Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Colonel James Howard Williams, also known as Elephant Bill, was a British soldier and elephant expert in Burma, known for his work with the Fourteenth Army during the Burma Campaign of World War II, and for his 1950 book Elephant Bill. He was made a Lieutenant-Colonel, mentioned in dispatches three times, and was awarded the OBE in 1945.
He spent most of his working life in the forests of Burma. Th
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