Amadis of Gaul, Volume 2
N. Biggs, 1803
On December 26, 2004, a massive tsunami triggered by an underwater earthquake pummeled the coasts of Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and other countries along the Indian Ocean. With casualties as far away as Africa, the aftermath was overwhelming: ships could be spotted miles inland; cars floated in the ocean; legions of the unidentified dead -- an estimated 225,000 -- were buried in mass graves; relief organizations struggled to reach rural areas and provide adequate aid for survivors.
Shortly after this disaster, researchers from around the world traveled to the region's most devastated areas, observing and documenting the tsunami's impact. The Indian Ocean Tsunami: The Global Response to a Natural Disaster offers the first analysis of the response and recovery effort. Editors Pradyumna P. Karan and S. Subbiah, employing an interdisciplinary approach, have assembled an international team of top geographers, geologists, anthropologists, and political scientists to study the environmental, economic, and political effects of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
The volume includes chapters that address the tsunami's geo-environmental impact on coastal ecosystems and groundwater systems. Other chapters offer sociocultural perspectives on religious power relations in South India and suggest ways to improve government agencies' response systems for natural disasters.
A clear and definitive analysis of the second deadliest natural disaster on record, The Indian Ocean Tsunami will be of interest to environmentalists and political scientists alike, as well as to planners and administrators of disaster-preparedness programs.
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From the Queen's window Olinda overlooked the lists, and seeing Agrayes about
to fight her heart failed her; and Mabilia and Oriana were greatly grieved for the
love they bore to him and Galvanes. The lists were cleared : the King withdrew ...
Looking up, he saw Oriana and Mabilia, who asked him why he had not gone
with his master. I set out with him, said he, but returned for this ; and he showed
her the broken sword. What can your master want a broken sword for 2 quoth
It was in vain that Mabilia and the Damsel of Denmark strove to allay her rage
with reasonable words: as passionate women will do, she followed her own will,
which led her to commit so great an error, that God's mercy was necessary to
You have heard in the first part of this great history, how Oriana was moved to
great anger and rage by what the Dwarf had said to her concerning the broken
sword, so that neither the wise counsels of Mabilia nor of the Damsel of Denmark
Sir, quoth he, I am forbidden to receive any.—Did neither Mabilia nor thy sister
bid thee say any thing 2—They knew not my coming : my Lady commanded me
to conceal it from them.—Holy Mary help me ! I see now my wretchedness is