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A Ride to Khiva

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In the winter of 1875, a young British officer set out across central Asia on a strictly unofficial mission to investigate the latest secret Russian moves in the Great Game. His goal was the mysterious caravan city of Khiva, closed to all European travellers by the Russians following their seizure of it two years earlier. His aim was to discover whether, as many British st ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published November 28th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 30th 1875)
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"Fred G. Burnaby, the swashbuckling, six-foot-four-inches Household Cavalry officer, was an adventurer, traveller, eccentric and undoubted jingoist. He was reputedly the bravest man in England..." from the book lining.

More about him can be found at http://greatbritishnutters.blogspot.c... but don't read too much if you intend to read this book - spoilers galore!

(This was one of the books Dana read in "Two Years Before the Mast".)

Burnaby decides to use up his leave on a trip to Khiva, on a whim s
Sophie Schiller
"A Ride to Khiva" is as witty and fresh today as it was in 1877 when it was first published. Burnaby's account of a close shave with a Khivan barber unknowing of the ways of Western shaving methods is laugh-out-loud funny; his descriptions of his Turcoman and Kirghiz caravan drivers is both touching and troublesome. By powers of observation and analysis, Burnaby draws a direct link between smoking and heart disease: "The host taking up his pipe, slowly inhaled the fumes, until after about half a ...more
John Crane
A great little travel book. An enjoyable journey that takes Burnaby from St Petersburg to Khiva. A great message about stereotyping and propaganda that is still relevant today. The Khivan prince turns out to be a nice guy. The style of his writing is a pleasure to read, and often made me smile. I especially liked the comment that the one of the men he met was "on the wrong side of 50." Love it.
Ravshanbek Khodzhimatov
As I had been greedily absorbing all the books in our university's library about Central Asia I came up with this one. Very coherent and relatively objective. Interesting to read the observations of the eyewitness.
Ryan Murdock
A Great Game classic. Wonderfully written, uncompromisingly direct and honest. Track this down if you have any interest in Central Asia.
Dec 31, 2008 R. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: asia
Americans love to think of themselves as rugged individualists (as long as WE ALL are rugged individualists together), but, as this travel account proves, the Victorians have us beat hands-down. What spirit we've lost as more and more of us simply depend upon the computer, television, and our government to provide a semblance of life. Huzzah Burnaby!
Afsana Nurali hamzayeva
It is a remarkable story! Burnaby was a genius!
Pretty good. Burnaby is a pretty good writer, but the stuff that happened in this one was not as interesting as the stuff in On Horseback Through Asia Minor.
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