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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 change…perhaps forever….
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.
the most famous scene from Sergio Solima's classic
Sandokan mini series. Kabir Bedi, the ultimate
Sandokan, battles a tiger to save his beloved
from 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.
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.
from review by Cindy Vallar, Thistles and Pirates
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