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The Tigers of Mompracem
Tigers of Mompracem are a band of rebel pirates fighting
for the defense of tiny native kingdoms against the
colonial powers of the Dutch and British empires. They
are led by Sandokan, the indomitable “Tiger of
Malaysia”, and his faithful friend Yanez De Gomera,
a Portuguese wanderer and adventurer. Orphaned when
the British murdered his family and stole his throne,
Sandokan has been mercilessly leading his men in vengeance.
But when the pirate learns of the existence of the extraordinary
“Pearl of Labuan” his fortunes begin to
Salgari's Greatest Hero
"The Tiger of Malaysia" is Emilio Salgari's
most enduring creation. Orphaned when the British murdered
his family and stole his throne, Sandokan gathered a
legion of pirates and took to the sea to attain his
vengeance. Under the command of Sandokan and his loyal
friend Yanez de Gomera, the Tigers of Mompracem fight
for the defense of tiny native kingdoms against the
colonial powers of the Dutch and British empires.
first Sandokan adventure appeared in serial form in
the La Nuova Arena in 1883, and was published
as Le tigri di Mompracem in 1900. The tale proved
so popular, the characters so intriguing, that it spawned
a legion of sequels, pitting Sandokan and Yanez against
a variety of enemies: Rajah James Brooke, Governor of
Sarawak, better known as The Exterminator for the merciless
way he hunted down pirates; the Thugs of the Kali cult
in the Indian Sunderbands, and a variety of petty dictators
and colonial powers. Salgari's pen transformed the bloodthirsty
pirate into a noble warrior, a kind of Malay Robin Hood,
imbuing his characters with a strong sense of idealism,
passion, and loyalty.
wasn't long before Sandokan spread to other forms of
media, from theater and music to television and film.
Legendary Hollywood body builder, Steve Reeves gave
North America its first glimpse of the Malay pirate
in the 1963 MGM film Sandokan the Great, doing
well enough at the box office to spawn a sequel the
following year. Two more movies were made in the mid
60s starring Ray Danton.
it wasn't until 1976, when three European production
houses united to create a TV miniseries based on Mr.
Salgari's novels, that the quintessential Sandokan was
found. Kabir Bedi rocked Europe with his portrayal of
the Malayan pirate, bringing in 27 million weekly viewers
in Italy alone. A sequel was made La tigre e ancora
viva: Sandokan alla Riscossa!the
following year which also proved popular. Bedi's Sandokan
was the most marketed miniseries of its time and to
this day his is the face of the Malay pirate.
90s saw Sandokan's adventures return to the small screen.
BBI in Spain had Sandokan drawn as a tiger. The series
was quite popular throughout Europe and is now available
on DVD. RAI also produced an animated version with Italian
production house Mondo TV, now in its third series.
Check out the animation section to view images and video
clips. Both were wery popular in and generated a number
of toys and video games. DVDs in English of the Spanish
aniamted series are available online.
on the Kirkus logo to read a review of The
on the Thistles and Pirates logo to read a review
of the novels in the Sandokan series by 'The Pirate
Lady': writer/editor Cindy Vallar.
the most famous scene from Sergio Solima's classic
Sandokan mini series. Kabir Bedi, the ultimate Sandokan,
battles a tiger to save his beloved Marianna.
Part 1 of the English edition of Sandokan.
a review by Prof. Georges T. Dodds, Sfsite.com
finally some books to keep me up reading until 3 a.m.
rather than putting them down -- it sure has been awhile!
Emilio Salgari's pirate tale, The Tigers of Mompracem,
serialized in the Italian newspaper La Nuova Arena in
1883-4, first published in book form in 1900, and here
translated for the first time into English, is so chock
full of action that the best cultural equivalent in
North America that I could propose would have been the
better dime-novel adventures of the late 19th-early
20th century. Or, perhaps think Douglas Fairbanks Sr.'s
swashbuckling movies, or, if in a different genre, the
Indiana Jones films -- this is the sort of thing Salgari
has put to paper. Variously termed the father of heroes,
the Italian Verne, the Italian Dumas, the father of
Italian adventure fiction and even the grandfather of
the Spaghetti Western, by his countrymen, Salgari sure
could write a top-notch adventure novel.
from review by Cindy Vallar, Thistles and Pirates
written around 1883, Sandokan: The Tigers of Mompracem
is the first in a series of swashbuckling adventures
written by the Italian author Emilio Salgari. This book
introduces readers to the exotic world of Borneo and
Malaysia at a time when Europeans held power, rather
than the local people who had lived on the islands for
centuries. This tale captivates the reader and sweeps
him/her back in time on a whirlwind ride through storm-swept
seas and lush tropical jungles inhabited by dangerous
beasts.Salgari convincingly portrays this fearless pirate
and his struggles between the world he knows and the
love he feels for a woman who is one of the enemy. Nico
Lorenzutti’s translation of this tale is seamless,
and reminds readers of the serial movies once shown
at movie theaters. You might go to see the feature film,
but you cheer the heroes and sit on the edge of your
seat as each new episode reveals another twist to a
tale of adventure and thrills.
Paperback | 292 pages | ISBN 978-0978270780 Published 15 Sep