Th Alchemist's Manuscript of the Travels of the Merchant of Yemen & His Servant in the Erythrean Sea

By S. Giga Patney

Action & adventure, Young adult, Fantasy | Paperback, eBook


The Alchemist Quartet: Four books that can be read individually or in a series, suitable at one level for young readers in schools and colleges, and also as serious allegories for the more mature readers. The first book, the Alchemist and the Prince parodies the pseudo-mystical, Orientalist and Arabist writing of the West but also tackle issues of gender roles and equality. The second book, the Alchemist and the Empire of Evil, is an allegory of American imperialism and its role in the creation of the sate of Israel and the dispossession of the Palestinians. Book three, the Alchemist and the Merchant of Yemen challenges the Western history of slavery in the Indian Ocean with a subtext of discussion on the spectrum of male sexuality. The final story, the alchemist and the Indian Boy abandons the moral/political emphasis and invites the readers to indulge in a tale of mystery and adventure related by five narrators each from their points of view. THE ALCHEMIST’S MANUSCRIPT of the Travels of the Merchant of Yemen and His Servant in the Erythrean Sea as Related to the Alchemist of Gozo, the Younger, is a tale of adventure that takes the sailors from Morocco to Palermo, Mecca, Zanzibar, Yemen, Cochin, Singapore, Shanghai, Nagasaki and back to Kerala in India. They rescue a princess and her German lover in Zanzibar, take a shipment of opium to Shanghai, survive attacks by pirates in the South China Sea and imperial warships in the South Indian Ocean and experience the gay destinations at the seaports. A homosexual relationship between the Merchant and the Servant is alluded to.


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The Alchemist Quartet: Four books that can be read individually or in a series, suitable at one level for young readers in schools and colleges, and also as serious allegories for the more mature readers. The first book, the Alchemist and the Prince parodies the pseudo-mystical, Orientalist and Arabist writing of the West but also tackle issues of gender roles and equality. The second book, the Alchemist and the Empire of Evil, is an allegory of American imperialism and its role in the creation of the sate of Israel and the dispossession of the Palestinians. Book three, the Alchemist and the Merchant of Yemen challenges the Western history of slavery in the Indian Ocean with a subtext of discussion on the spectrum of male sexuality. The final story, the alchemist and the Indian Boy abando...


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S. Giga Patney has taught English as a Foreign Language in England, Japan and Portugal, and English as a Second Language in England and Canada. In his 35 years of teaching, he has taught Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Adult classes; and developed and taught Teacher Education programmes at graduate and post-graduate levels at universities in the UK and Canada. His research work is in Sociolinguistics. He has retired to a hobby farm in the interior of British Columbia where he does not, it has to be said, live with his wife, two children and two dogs.


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S. Giga Patney has taught English as a Foreign Language in England, Japan and Portugal, and English as a Second Language in England and Canada. In his 35 years of teaching, he has taught Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Adult classes; and developed and taught Teacher Education programmes at graduate and post-graduate levels at universities in the UK and Canada. His research work is in Socioling...


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