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. 20 years later and a century after that trip, entranced by means of the area 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 direction in the course of the far-flung islands, exploring the bond among religion and magic, the eerie patience 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 normal day is marked through confrontations with America-worshiping cult leaders and militants alike. A defiantly unique combination of historical past and memoir, anthropology and go back and forth writing, The Shark God is eventually a story of private and political transformation.
 
The Shark God, a shuttle tale as darkish and twisted as one may perhaps ever desire to listen . . . reaches a great 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 folks and locations he visits.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“A very genuine and remarkable expertise. . . . The patience [Montgomery] displayed on his travels used to be admirable, the adventures he survived have been large, and the standard of his prose turns out matched basically by way of the knowledge of his observations.”—Simon Winchester, Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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