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
... God quoth he, now and for ever help me in her defence They drew near him,
and he heard Oriana say, Dear friend, I shall never see thee more, for I go to my
death. The tears came into his eyes; he descended the hill as fast as 4.
Amadis, albeit he so hated the Enchanter, did not pursue him further, lest he
should lose his mistress, he turned towards her, and alighted and knelt before
her, and kissed her hand, saying, now let God do with me what he will ! I never
Dear friend, quoth she, never for my sake shall you suffer, for I am at your will
though it be an error and a sin now, let it not be so before God.—When they had
proceeded about three leagues they entered a thick wood, and about a league ...
No : said Oriana, let him take my ring, which was never before so useful : and she
gave it to Gandalin, who, as he went by Amadis, said to him, he who loses a good
opportunity, Sir, must wait long before he find another. Oriana laid herself ...