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To the Holy Shrines (Penguin Great Journeys) (urspr publ 1855; utgåvan 2007)

av Richard Burton (Författare)

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Disguised as a Persian dervish, Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890) set out to become the first Christian to penetrate the Muslim shrines of Medina and Mecca - a reckless stunt that would have resulted in his being executed if discovered. Endlessly observant, amused, boastful and engaging, Burton here describes his time in Cairo, his crossing of the Red Sea in a crazily overloaded pilgrim boat and his arrival in the fabled Nejd. Great Journeys allows readers to travel both around the planet and back through the centuries - but also back into ideas and worlds frightening, ruthless and cruel in different ways from our own. Few reading experiences can begin to match that of engaging with writers who saw astounding things- Great civilisations, walls of ice, violent and implacable jungles, deserts and mountains, multitudes of birds and flowers new to science.… (mer)
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Titel:To the Holy Shrines (Penguin Great Journeys)
Författare:Richard Burton (Författare)
Info:Penguin Classics (2007), Edition: New Edition, 112 pages
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I wanted to like this one more than I did. The Victorian explorer Richard Burton was a man of multitudes, and To the Holy Shrines, an abridged account of his dangerous undercover expedition to Mecca (which was forbidden, on pain of death, to infidels), was a feat I'd always been interested in. Burton can write, even if it is in that verbose Victorian style which is difficult to parse for a modern reader, but the problem is that this selection – part of Penguin's 'Great Journeys' series – doesn't give us the whole story. It contains routine (though exotic) travelogue information and ends just as an undercover Burton first sights the holy city. We're denied the best part, and ultimately To the Holy Shrines is too short and the selection too scattergun for Burton's personality and writing approach to settle favourably in the reader's mind. ( )
1 rösta Mike_F | Jan 1, 2021 |
In 1853 English traveller and adventurer , Sir Richard Burton, adopted the alias 'Abdullah Darwaysh' and, having spent a fortnight "getting into the train of Oriental manners" sets off to penetrate the mysteries of Mecca and Medina - firmly closed to the 'infidel'.
This is a highly entertaining account of his time spent in Egypt...Ramadan, life in a caravanserai...and then sailing on a pilgrim ship (a surprisingly violent place, the poorer pilgrims trying to make a buck by thieving from their fellow believers), before arriving at Medina.
Entertaining work- the reader feels the author would be amazing company...and he sure can write! ( )
  starbox | Mar 4, 2020 |
Disguised as a Persian dervish, Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890) set out to become the first Christian to penetrate the Muslim shrines of Medina and Mecca - a reckless stunt that would have resulted in his being executed if discovered. Endlessly observant, amused, boastful and engaging, Burton here describes his time in Cairo (including a memorable drinking contest with a ferocious Albanian mercenary captain), his crossing of the Red Sea in a crazily overloaded pilgrim boat and his arrival in the fabled Nejd.
  antimuzak | Feb 20, 2007 |
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Disguised as a Persian dervish, Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890) set out to become the first Christian to penetrate the Muslim shrines of Medina and Mecca - a reckless stunt that would have resulted in his being executed if discovered. Endlessly observant, amused, boastful and engaging, Burton here describes his time in Cairo, his crossing of the Red Sea in a crazily overloaded pilgrim boat and his arrival in the fabled Nejd. Great Journeys allows readers to travel both around the planet and back through the centuries - but also back into ideas and worlds frightening, ruthless and cruel in different ways from our own. Few reading experiences can begin to match that of engaging with writers who saw astounding things- Great civilisations, walls of ice, violent and implacable jungles, deserts and mountains, multitudes of birds and flowers new to science.

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