One of the great adventure classics. Victorian scholar-adventurer’s firsthand epic account of daring 1854 expedition to forbidden East African capital city. A treasury of detailed information on Muslim beliefs, manners and morals; plus pleasures and perils of the desert. A wealth of geographic, ethnographic and linguistic data.
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About the Author
Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was an English explorer, author, translator, linguist, and orientalist. Though he published over forty books and countless articles during his life, only two were original works. He is best known for his translations, in particular his translations of One Thousand and One Nights and The Kama Sutra.
Table of Contents
CONTENTS OF THE FIRST VOLUME.
Preface to the Memorial Edition
Preface to the First (1856) Edition
1.-Departure from Aden
II.-Life in Zayla
III.-Excursions near Zayla
IV.-The Somal, their Origin and Peculiarities
V.-From Zayla to the Hills
VI.-From the Zayla Hills to the Marar Prairie
VII.-From the Marar Prairie to Harar
VIII.-Ten Days at Harar
CONTENTS OF THE SECOND VOLUME.
VIII.-Ten Days at Harar (Contimted)
IX.-A Ride to Berberah
X.-Berberah and its Environs
I.-Lieutenant Speke's Diary
II.-Grammatical Outline and Vocabulary of the Harari Language
III.-Lieutenant Herne's Meteorological Observations
IV.-On Infibulation (omitted)
V.-Account of Lieutenant Barker's Attempt to reach Harar
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an account of the travels of Capt Burton in the Harar region of East Africa. The book is written in a very Victorian, descriptive manner that will be enjoyed by readers interested in Victorian African exploration. Burton was well known for his often vivid descriptions of native peoples and this volume is no exception.The reader is transformed into the region of Ethiopia/Northern Kenya in a unique way as Burton is disguised as an Arab trader. Readers will gain a good insight into what life was like in Victorian Harar and about the daily lives of the indigenous peoples.
The exploration is exciting and informative. An E-book is more difficult to follow because the multitude of footnotes appear at the end of the chapters. At times, the story of the exploration digressed which was confusing to me.
A much superior digital rendering than any other 'free' ebooks offered of this title. A no-regrets purchase.