Land Below the Wind This book was written during an era when Sabah was known as North Borneo and when life was very much different from today s Reprinted many times this classic of Agnes Keith s observations and refle

  • Title: Land Below the Wind
  • Author: Agnes Newton Keith
  • ISBN: 9789838120838
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book was written during an era when Sabah was known as North Borneo, and when life was very much different from today s Reprinted many times, this classic, of Agnes Keith s observations and reflections of the time, is a true to life record of society and culture then and of the captivating natural beauty of Sabah Today, Sabah continues to be known as the land belowThis book was written during an era when Sabah was known as North Borneo, and when life was very much different from today s Reprinted many times, this classic, of Agnes Keith s observations and reflections of the time, is a true to life record of society and culture then and of the captivating natural beauty of Sabah Today, Sabah continues to be known as the land below the wind , a phrase used by seafarers in the past to describe all the lands south of the typhoon belt, but which Agnes effectively reserved for Sabah through her book One of few written accounts of contemporary life in Borneo in the 1930s, this book is an invaluable record of a world gone by.

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    1. Land Beneath the Wind is the much reprinted memoir of Agnes Newton Keith, an American married to an Englishman, Harry Keith, who was the Conservator of Forests and Director of Agriculture of North Borneo, where she joined him, in the then capital Sadakan, in 1934. North Borneo, now a Malaysian state Sabah, was the last part of the British Empire where sovereignty rested not with the British government but with a limited company, the British North Borneo (Chartered) Company.Newton Keith was, pre [...]

    2. This is a deserved review because I am going to greatly recommend this book to everyone. I read the 2nd book in series about the Japanese occupation of Borneo several years ago and thought it was great but also tragic. Because I now have a friend who lives in Borneo I felt that I should read this book. Mrs Keith is not only hilarious at times but makes you weep at time also. Some parts of her book will give you both emotions at the same time. She has a way of describing both the land of north Bo [...]

    3. Great writer, great topic, loved the book. Not a traditional narrative arc: various stories from her life covering her 4 years in Borneo as the American wife of an English ex pat. Great insights into the three different cultures. I particularly liked the stories she told from other people's point of views: the village elder's story of what happened when white men first came to the village, things like that. Interesting historically too, because it is written so long ago (approx. mid 1930s).

    4. My friend who gave me this book didn't enjoy it, so perhaps the reason I did is that I have spent so much time myself in Borneo. It's the true story of an American wife of a British colonialist who served in northern Borneo (probably what is now Sarawak) right before WWII. She appreciates life there, as did I, and recounts experiences in the forest and with the local people that resonated with my own experience. Even though it was published in 1939, it conveyed many elements of life there that h [...]

    5. Intrepid doesn't even come close to describing Agnes Newton Keith's attitude to living in and exploring Borneo. Yes she is part of a colonial structure that is only able to thrive and survive literally on the backs of Borneo natives. She has however an enlightened attitude for her times which combined with a natural talent for writing makes this travelogue/memoir a pleasure to read. The Keith's ended up in a Japanese prison camp shortly after their first sojourn in Borneo. Times they were a chan [...]

    6. I picked this up after visiting Agnes Keith's past residence in Borneo. It is a light hearted account of her experience of Sabah and I enjoyed reading about what it was like then and being able to compare it to our experiences and the heritage there today.

    7. An interesting and well-written account by Agnes Newton Keith of the four years she spent on the island of Borneo in the 1930s when her husband was stationed at Sandakan. Witty, curious and practical, Keith’s writing endures even today – it’s quite amazing that her experiences are relevant and relatable in the 21st century. In descriptive and engaging style, Keith shares with the reader, with wry humor, how she learned to live, accept and accommodate for interesting differences in culture [...]

    8. I was curious about this book because the author, Agnes Keith, wrote Three Came Home, one of my favorite books, about her experience in a Japanese POW camp. Her captors had been impressed by this book, her first.This is the story of Agnes's early years of marriage to Harry Keith, a British man who was forestry minister of Borneo. What I found remarkable about this story is Agnes's lack of colonial superiority towards the native Borneo people. She loved them, deeply, and their lovely country as w [...]

    9. In the years between the great wars English colonialism had swept over the globe. Agnes Keith, a Californian, found herself married to an Englishman who was appointed as Agriculture Minister of a British holding called British East Borneo, now the state of Sabah in Malaysia on the island of Borneo. This book is a rare and thorough accounting of the small British society that ruled that remote outpost and of the amazing peoples and flora that inhabited it. It is priceless glimpse into a world as [...]

    10. This book was like a fine wine - to be savored not gulped. I enjoyed reading a chapter or two every evening. It was written with remarkable sensitivity towards Borneo's natives, especially for its time during Colonialism. (Borneo is now split between Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia but at the time was a protectorate of a company. Yes, that's like Pepsi owning Texas.) I learned a lot about its indigenous cultures and peoples. But most amazing was the authors stories of her treks through the jungle [...]

    11. A book out of nowhere thanks to my younger sister who has a knack for finding the rare, but great read.A young American woman in the 30s who leaves with her British husband for Borneo. She thrives and loves the land and the people for a five year run, back when the British empire was still the force to be reckoned with. Along with its stuffiness, classism, etc.Keith deals with it all in a humorous way, writing with rich detail of life in a British trading company town in an exotic setting.

    12. Ok i took forever to finish this! Not because it was boring but when i read, i can't help reading a book at the pace i imagine the writer is at- i assume Agnes Keith is a pretty poised person.The narration of her experience is really relatable!

    13. I was given this by a friend prior to moving to Borneo. It is a wonderfully funny, genuinely evocative book that tells so much truth about the expatriate experience.

    14. Absolutely brilliant and absorbing writing. Essential reading for anyone who has lived in or visited this part of the world.

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