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The Pale Abyssinian: A Life of James Bruce, African Explorer and Adventurer

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
How is it that James Bruce is not better known? His is the most extraordinary life story, a tale of adventure and derring-do in the grand old tradition. We think of the 19th-century David Livingstone as a great African explorer but Livingstone himself called Bruce "a greater traveller than any of us", a man who explored the sources of the River Nile a hundred years earlier ...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published February 7th 2000 by HarperCollins
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Hayes
Jul 27, 2010 Hayes rated it liked it
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A fine tale, even if I did not enjoy it as much as my reading buddies did. I loved the beginning of the book, which spoke of his preparations and his arrival in Abyssinia; I got bogged down in the middle with the descriptions of the politics of the day and the battles and the fighting. But all in all a marvelous description of a most remarkable man.

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p 89: "Only a few miles from Adowa lies Axum, the ancient capital of Abyssinia... it is dominated by a co
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Philip
Fascinating, what a dude. Where is the movie?
Miike
Nov 15, 2012 Miike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book by chance (in a charity shop) because I read the synopsis and thought it sounded interesting. I must admit to buying it because I thought I was unlikely to find it elsewhere, bearing this in mind it lay upon my shelf for a year before I got round to reading it.
As the subject it little known to us in the 'modern era' (he was a well known cad at the time) the author spends a lot of time justifying his personal interest and why more light should be shed upon this adventurous S
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R Heath Foxlee
Mar 10, 2014 R Heath Foxlee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: expedition
100 years before Burton and Speke visited the headwaters of the White Nile, Lord Bruce of Kinnaird traveled to the source of the Blue Nile. His 8 year journey was so unbelieveable that no one believed it until Burton and Speke confirmed his story. Lord Bruce was a polyglot and clearly inspired multiple adventures of Sir Richard Burton.
Tallburt
A fine tale of the British (in this case Scottish) sense of absurd adventure in a time when it was acceptable, nay expected, that blowing holes in the natives was the done thing.

Again, another giant (literally) of exploration whose deeds are now cruelly ignored by his fellow countrymen.
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