KalimantaanKalimantaan - the old name for Borneo - tells of the founding of a small empire by an extraordinary man and a handful of his followers. Within ten years Gideon Barr conquers an area the size of England and Wales, but the personal cost is enormous and may yet prove too much to bear.
by C. S. Godshalk
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A young Englishman founded a private raj on the coast of Borneo. The world that resulted, boasting stone quays, elegant gardens, churches, and musical levees, eventually encompassed a territory the size of England, its expansion campaigns paid for in human heads. In this world, a version of Victorian colonial society impacted with one of the most violent cultures on earth. The results were often startling -- pockets of tenderness and extreme brutality appearing in odd corners. A small tribe of fugitives, adventurers, criminals, and saints -- the madly talented and the simply mad - peopled this world. This is their story. The deeper story resides in the realm of the heart. It is about love in absurd conditions, the tenacity of it as well as our ability to miss it repeatedly and with perverse genius.
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C. S. Godshalk
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