The Shark God: Encounters with Ghosts and Ancestors in the South Pacific

The Shark God: Encounters with Ghosts and Ancestors in the South Pacific

Charles Montgomery


When Charles Montgomery was once ten years previous, he stumbled upon the memoirs of his great-grandfather, a seafaring missionary within the South Pacific. two decades later and a century after that trip, entranced by way of the realm of black magic and savagery the bishop defined, Montgomery set out for Melanesia looking for the very spirits and myths his great-grandfather had sought to destroy.  In The Shark God, he retraces his ancestor’s course during the far-flung islands, exploring the bond among religion and magic, the eerie endurance of the spirit global, and the heavy footprints of the British Empire.

In the South Pacific, he discovers an international of sorcery and shark worship, the place Christian and pagan rituals coexist and a regular day is marked via confrontations with America-worshiping cult leaders and militants alike. A defiantly unique combination of background and memoir, anthropology and commute writing, The Shark God is finally a story of private and political transformation.
 
The Shark God, a commute tale as darkish and twisted as one may well ever desire to listen . . . reaches a very good climax with a few apocalyptically page-turning scenes.”—Guardian
 
“A interesting account of the drama of Melanesian life.”—Times Literary complement
 
“With beautiful writing, Montgomery lovingly captures the sweetness and the horrors, the mysteries and the shams of the folk and locations he visits.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“A very actual and noteworthy expertise. . . . The patience [Montgomery] displayed on his travels used to be admirable, the adventures he survived have been super, and the standard of his prose turns out matched purely through the knowledge of his observations.”—Simon Winchester, Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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