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This is an auction for THE SHARK GOD: ENCOUNTERS WITH MYTH & MAGIC IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC, by Charles Montgomery.

“The Shark God, a travel story as dark and twisted as one might ever wish to hear . . . reaches a superb climax with some apocalyptically page-turning scenes.”
- Guardian (UK)

“A fascinating account of the drama of Melanesian life.”
- Times Literary Supplement

“With exquisite writing, Montgomery lovingly captures the beauty and the horrors, the mysteries and the shams of the people and places he visits.”
- Publishers Weekly (US)

“A very real and memorable talent. . . . The endurance [Montgomery] displayed on his travels was admirable, the adventures he survived were tremendous, and the quality of his prose seems matched only by the wisdom of his observations.”
- Toronto Globe and Mail

Amazon.com review:

"When Charles Montgomery was ten years old, he stumbled upon the memoirs of his great-grandfather, a missionary in the South Pacific. Twenty years later, and a century after that journey, Montgomery set out for Melanesia. In The Shark God, he retraces his ancestor’s path through the far-flung islands, exploring the bond between faith and magic, the eerie persistence of the spirit world, and the heavy footprints of the British Empire. In the South Pacific, he discovers a world of sorcery and shark worship, where Christian and pagan rituals coexist and an ordinary day is marked by confrontations with America-worshiping cult leaders and militants alike."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com, and also here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/06/books/review/06morris.htm
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Large format (trade) paperback 2006.

370 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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