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.
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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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Certes, quoth the Knight, I shall not leave off with these conditions: I never found
myself so hardy in any battle as in this, and God forbid that any single Knight
should ever know me, except to my great honour. Be not rash, cried Galaor; by
... the one is called Amadis, the other Don Galaor, and they are all three sons of
King Perion. Holy Mary ! cried Galaor, what have I done 2 and then he presented
his sword to Florestan : good brother, take my sword, and the honour of the battle
sword, and the honour of the battle !—Are you my brother ?—I am your brother
Don Galaor. Then Florestan fell on his knees before him, saying, Sir, pardon me!
for this offence that I have committed in combatting against you, was caused by
... man in the world, and the most discourteous ! what goodness can there be in
you when you thrust away a fair Lady of such lineage 2 King Perion answered, I
shall do that which is to your honour and my own, not what would injure both.
But as he drew nearer France, he heard the fame of Amadis and Galaor, who
were now beginning to work wonders, so that he changed his first intention, and
resolved to gain more honour in Great Britain, where there were more good