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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Never trust me, quoth Amadis, if he comes not with the news of some great
mishap to seek us. Presently the Dwarf came up and related all his tidings, and
how Oriana was carried away. Holy Mary, help me! cried Amadis ; which way did
... the gate opened, and a Knight came out, and went to a high eminence and
looked all round; then returned into the castle. It was not long before he saw
Arcalaus and his four companions come out, all well armed, and among them
Oriana knew the voice, and shook all over ; but Arcalaus and the other ran at him.
He took his aim at Arcalaus, and bore him right over the crupper ; then turned his
horse and smote at Grumen, so that the point and part of the stave of the spear ...
Amadis soon came up to them, and lifting up his sword dared not put forth his
strength lest he should slay both, but with a half-blow he smote him or the
shoulder, and cut away part of the cuirass and the skin ; then Arcalaus let Oriana
fall, that ...
Amadis then placed Oriana upon the Damsels palfrey, while Gandalin caught
one of the loose horses for the Damsel, and taking her bridle they left the place of
battle. But Amadis as they went along reminded Oriana how she had promised to