Thursday, November 22, 2012

Talbot Mundy Philosopher of Adventure - Brian Taves

"Mundy spanned the interval between the Victorian classicism of Rudyard Kipling and the modernist era, earning a singular reputation for his unique ability to combine stories of adventure in the Far East with an investigation of Oriental philosophy and religion. While sharing certain similarities in background and literary style with Kipling, Sax Rohmer and H. Rider Haggard, spiritually and structurally Mundy was more akin to Joseph Conrad. Mundy's characters are philosopher-adventurers seeking to understand destiny and existence, accidentally stumbling across some fragment of its puzzle that involves them in adventure. Thus Mundy expands on the philosophy of adventure as his key motivational factor. Mundy gained an enviable reputation as one of the most popular, prolific and original authors of tales of contemporary adventure in the Far East; this was one of the most widely-read genres of the time, but Mundy also had a personal following. " 4 out of 5