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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Two weeks

Adam Piggott, Gentleman Adventurer, reviews Owen Stanley's The Missionaries:

When I lived in Uganda there was an old joke that would routinely do the rounds:

“In Africa, what’s the difference between a tourist and a racist?”

Answer: “Two weeks.”

Occasionally I would recount this joke to a particularly inane group of Swedes who were about to depart for a gorilla trekking excursion into the remote Bwindi forest. They would get all self-righteous and mutter at my blatant prejudice and soon after they would depart. It was not uncommon to bump into them again after they had returned from their excursion.

“Ya, now your joke, we understands.”

Like all good jokes its premise is founded in truth and also of shared experience.

“The Missionaries,” by Owen Stanley, depicts a fictitious land known as Elephant Island, located somewhere in the confines of the Bismarck Sea, its people closely resembling the ways and mannerisms of Papua New Guinea. As colonialism no longer allows the natives to practice their favorite pastime of headhunting, the burden of keeping law and order falls to a small group of misfit expats, who despite their individual shortcomings, keenly understand the idiosyncrasies of the local population....

I have not enjoyed a novel as much as this in a very long time. In fact, this novel could not have been published by the regular publishing industry as it skewers the type of people who haunt that industry as much as NGOs in misbegotten locales in the far corners of the globe. It is a credit to Castalia House that the author has sought them out and I sense that this will be a breakthrough work not just for Stanley but for this small publishing house as well.
It appears his instincts are correct. Not only have we recently signed a number of new authors about whom we are extremely enthusiastic, but some of the existing authors have stepped up their game as well. Just as Mutiny in Space will not be our only SF juvenile and Brings the Lightning will not be our only Western, The Missionaries will not be our only literary satire.

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46 Comments:

Blogger Mr.MantraMan July 06, 2016 10:37 AM  

All 3 were excellent

Anonymous Rawle Nyanzi July 06, 2016 10:39 AM  

I look forward to more Castalia stuff.

Blogger The Other Robot July 06, 2016 10:46 AM  

I read The Missionaries and enjoyed it a great deal.

Then, over the weekend I read Ctrl-Alt-Revolt which had been sitting on my Kindle for a couple of months. I enjoyed it even more.

That is two great novels that the traditional publishers would not have offered me (and I am not claiming that Castalia published Ctrl-Alt-Revolt.)

I look forward to more.

Blogger khan July 06, 2016 10:46 AM  

I loved this story, and I'm waiting for the print copy to share with my anti-eBook friend... i know you have a queue of books to bring to print, but please make this one a priority.

Blogger Quadko July 06, 2016 11:06 AM  

I don't usually read this kind of book, because they usually aren't this good. I read it in two days, sucked right in and through, and it would have been in one sitting if I had started early enough the first day.

The Missionaries was a very fun read, and quite interesting. I need to remember to go give a good review on Amazon; I don't usually take the time but this one deserves it!

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey July 06, 2016 11:12 AM  

Looking forward to the pb edition.

Blogger pdwalker July 06, 2016 11:22 AM  

I worked with a man who spent decades in Papa New Guinea. Every day would bring new stories of what life and the people were like.

Reading "The Missionaries" was like visiting an old friend, because it reminded me of all those stories, no less "absurd" than what I was reading.

Two weeks indeed.

Blogger VD July 06, 2016 12:05 PM  

I am not claiming that Castalia published Ctrl-Alt-Revolt.

Yeah, so, about that....

Anonymous JN July 06, 2016 12:11 PM  

Only part way through, but the way the natives speak in The Missionaries cracked me up.

Blogger Alexamenos July 06, 2016 12:17 PM  

Spent a year in Africa, can confirm.

Blogger Cataline Sergius July 06, 2016 12:21 PM  

“In Africa, what’s the difference between a tourist and a racist?”

Answer: “Two weeks.”


Ha Ha Ha (*gasp...wheez*) Ha Ha Ha

Well...I'm in love.

Blogger Nick S July 06, 2016 12:27 PM  

Laguna Beach Fogey wrote:Looking forward to the pb edition.

I'm gonna wait on the hardback. I want the full effect of reading it for the first time, by lamplight, kicked back in my recliner.

Blogger Cataline Sergius July 06, 2016 12:31 PM  

True story.

I had a friend who was about to go on MSG (Embassy Guard) duty, who was a Dark Green Marine(*translation: African-American*). He could not shut the hell up about how much he was loving the fact that his hardship tour was going to be in Uganda.

He was going home you see. Back to the forever lost and forever beautiful homeland that was stolen from him by the White Man.

"Great. Fine. Whatever," said Cataline.

A few years later I ran into him on Okinawa.

"So how was Africa?" Cataline asked.

He shook his head silently for a while and then finally said, "Thank god, we were enslaved."

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey July 06, 2016 12:44 PM  

Lived in South Africa for a year. Travelled throughout Southern and East Africa. I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.

I'm really looking forward to reading this. Sounds like Waugh.

Anonymous damaged justice July 06, 2016 12:57 PM  

I look forward to buying a non-Amazon copy, because Jeff Bezos can die in a fire.

Blogger Cecil Henry July 06, 2016 1:07 PM  

Love the joke!! Have to pass it on.

AS to the Swedes who learn its truth--- how do they pay back the damage all that virtue signalling does to others??

Blogger Mr.MantraMan July 06, 2016 1:21 PM  

"The Other" has to be the highest level of virtue signaling, and probably the best indicator of insanity.

Blogger Student in Blue July 06, 2016 1:46 PM  

@17. Mr.MantraMan
"The Other" has to be the highest level of virtue signaling, and probably the best indicator of insanity.

There's clearly some sort of insanity involved, when selflessness is warped into self-loathing.

Theologians would probably chalk that up to trying to have the concept of virtues and morality without God.

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey July 06, 2016 1:49 PM  

I look forward to buying a non-Amazon copy, because Jeff Bezos can die in a fire.

Amazon has been releasing its own clothing line in recent months. I have some friends who work in the fashion industry in LA who keep getting calls from frantic recruiters looking to hire for Amazon. According to my friends, the recruiters are getting increasingly desperate be ause no one wants to work for Bezos.

Anonymous Big Bill July 06, 2016 2:04 PM  

The thing I like most about The Missionaries were Fletcher's internal reflections. He didn't hate the natives. He didn't hate their warrior spirit, their sense of honor, their virtus. He accepted them as they were and (where he could) persuaded them to change some of the grosser aspects of their culture: murder and cannibalism.

If only we took the same ameliorate approach toward American Negros.

Rather than trying to make them "ack white" in all respects, just reduce the lethality of their tribal battles as Fletcher did with the runway fight at the beginning of the novel.

Establish a Negro Code Duello and perhaps a dueling ground where they could still fight--even lethally--but without the random slaughter of innocents.

Perhaps in time they will evolve away from a lethal honor culture, perhaps not. But at least we might reduce the death rate.

Anonymous BGKB July 06, 2016 2:04 PM  

Travelled throughout Southern and East Africa. I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.

Working at inner city hospitals gave me a lot of stories people don't think is possible.

Marvel's new magic Negroette black teen hubcap man. http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2016/07/06/marvels-new-iron-man-teenage-black-woman/

When reality is more like http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/07/06/raped-german-politician-lied-attackers-nationality-stop-racism/

Anonymous ReVengeance July 06, 2016 2:14 PM  

"If only we took the same ameliorate approach toward American Negros."

I prefer the Baton Rouge police approach.

Blogger Alexander July 06, 2016 2:40 PM  

@20

We had 200 years of trying that. I propose a new solution: if we're going to go ahead an commandeer school buses to get the Hispanics over the wall, go ahead and load up the blacks as well.

From Mexico, they can go to wherever they want: Africa, Haiti, Sweden. Makes no difference to me.

I'd even be willing to not make Mexico pay for it.

Blogger Andre B July 06, 2016 2:51 PM  

Will this book be published in paperback? I hate reading ebooks. :-\

Blogger SirHamster July 06, 2016 3:49 PM  

Andre B wrote:Will this book be published in paperback? I hate reading ebooks. :-\

It's the question that will never die.

Anonymous Ultra July 06, 2016 3:51 PM  

@20 "Perhaps in time they will evolve away from a lethal honor culture, perhaps not. But at least we might reduce the death rate."

Trying to improve and educate the African to be more human has been tried. And the contemporary condition of both Africa and of American Cities has been the result. Trillions of dollars wasted and the existence of both America and Western civilization on the edge of destruction. We can't afford to be treating them to any more uplifting education. We should want them to be more lethal to themselves; thin their ranks and keep their demographic footprint low.

Moral of the story: You can take the the low IQ, stone age, substandard branch of the human species out of the jungle but you ain't taking the jungle out of it.

Anonymous ReVengeance July 06, 2016 3:58 PM  

We should want them to be more lethal to themselves; thin their ranks and keep their demographic footprint low.

Abortion is a good thing.

Blogger Josh July 06, 2016 4:03 PM  

Abortion is a good thing.

Mass murder is never a good thing.

Go to hell.

Anonymous ReVengeance July 06, 2016 4:18 PM  

Mass murder is never a good thing.

LOL

That depends greatly upon which masses are being "murdered".

Blogger Dave July 06, 2016 4:48 PM  

VD wrote:I am not claiming that Castalia published Ctrl-Alt-Revolt.

Yeah, so, about that....



Good news CH teaming up with Nick Cole another win-win(-win for the readers)

Anonymous A.B. Prosper July 06, 2016 4:56 PM  

Josh wrote:Abortion is a good thing.

Mass murder is never a good thing.

Go to hell.


Its not "good" sure but this ain't a good world

I totally get the emotion here and I understand the moral POV though I think both are irrational

That aside. I can think of more than a few numerous group the world would be well set to be rid of.

Still if somehow you can cram an abortion ban down better have a plan to deal with the 250,000 more Blacks and and an extra 300,000 Hispanic not even mentioning White trash.

And hoping auto-magically that unwanted pregnancy will stop is nonsense.

Assume it cuts in half, I hope you have a plan for an annual population increase of 350,000 unwanted babies mostly to poor unwed mothers going on and on for a generation or so.

Also re: expulsion. If killing is an issue, any deportation in scale or welfare cuts will result in mass death including that of infants.

No way the second tier nations can handle the influx.

No matter what it is going to suck.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash July 06, 2016 4:58 PM  

A.B. Prosper wrote:I totally get the emotion here and I understand the moral POV though I think both are irrational

That's because, as an Atheist, you are irrational.

Blogger Josh July 06, 2016 5:16 PM  

Still if somehow you can cram an abortion ban down better have a plan to deal with the 250,000 more Blacks and and an extra 300,000 Hispanic not even mentioning White trash.

No you don't.

Anonymous r July 06, 2016 5:39 PM  

@20

Fletcher is a portrait of exactly what all the old-school "racists" were like - they were realists. It's just leftists rewriting history that have projected "hate" and "prejudice" etc etc onto them. If you actually read their own memoirs, though...

Moroks gonna Morok, but you can keep them docile to mutual benefit if you treat them like Moroks.

Garang was my favorite character, though. Truly the Aristotle of the jungle.

OpenID dudequest July 06, 2016 6:10 PM  

Visiting Mombasa changed the two weeks to two days.

Of course, I wound up spending nearly 8 years in various parts of Africa and the middle east, at the end of which, even though I started with a 'can do' and 'the whole human race, not a race full of holes' I came to the conclusion that the entire continent would be better off if it was scorched clean of this type of humanity and replaced with something else... anything else...


It's not the ignorance or lack of education that's the problem, it's the sheer stupid.

Anonymous fred July 06, 2016 7:04 PM  

Reminds me of another old joke...

Q: What's the difference between a waitress and a stripper?
R: Half an hour.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan July 06, 2016 7:54 PM  

Upscale Minneapolis SWPLS got them a taste of the "Other" some Somalians gave them a sample of the future. Invade neighborhood scream at the women that they are going to rape them.

Now how many of those Eloi went out and got themselves an AR?

Blogger Mr.MantraMan July 06, 2016 8:20 PM  

That was the Calhoun Lake neighborhood they terrorized only a TV station and WND reported on it

Anonymous Brian in the desert July 06, 2016 11:10 PM  

Just finished reading this. A funny read that takes the "citizen of the world" do-gooders and exposes them for the truly dangerous fools they so often are. There are no heroes in this book. But there are several characters who are able to perceive and understand what is really in front of them and deal with it effectively and do minimal real harm while doing so. Opposed to these are the best-and-brightest whose world bears only a passing acquaintance with this one and who, in their righteous quest to right the evils of the past, create havoc and reap unintended consequences in abundance. The sad part is that, like real life, so few of these highly educated and relentless busybodies are willing or able to learn a lesson.

Evidently the author has real world experience with these people in situations like that described in the book. I hope writing it provided him with a way to release some of the anger and frustration he must have experienced having to deal with committed idiots in possession of impeccable credentials.

OpenID denektenorsk July 06, 2016 11:52 PM  

...joke to a particularly inane group of Swedes...

It's always the God damned Swedes...

Josh wrote:

Abortion is a good thing.

Mass murder is never a good thing.


All life is sacred until it steps on my property.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash July 07, 2016 1:29 AM  

If you're advocating the mass murder of babies, you're no kind of Christian I can recognize.

Anonymous r July 07, 2016 1:58 AM  

God's justice doesn't call you to account for "the international standard" or "ordinary care".

Blogger Roger G2 July 07, 2016 2:41 AM  

I have GOT to read this book.

Blogger VD July 07, 2016 4:56 AM  

I'm going to start spamming those of you who repeatedly demonstrate an inability to stay on subject. Mr. Rational, Snidely Whiplash, A.B. Prosper, Philip George, I am looking at you.

Blogger weka July 07, 2016 7:00 AM  

@13 Cataline, love that story... and from what I've seen, it fits. Re reading Tom's first Carerra book at present, having read the Missionaries...

Moroks would be fighting with the Fa'afines in K Road on Auckland given half a chance, and no wise man (or woman) would go near them.
Fletcher had the correct idea: in another generation they would be playing league. It is the only international sport where PNG is feared.

Blogger CarpeOro July 07, 2016 2:31 PM  

I greatly enjoyed "Brings the Lightning" and look forward to the sequels. It is the first western I have purchased since I don't recall when (the last may just have been a Robert E. Howard collection, can't recall when but probably a couple of decades or more). I've found all of the Castalia works well worth the money and time spent.

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