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A Ride to Khiva

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In the winter of 1875, a young British officer set out across central Asia on an 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 travelers by the Russians following their seizure of it two years earlier. His aim was to discover whether, as many British strategists ...more
Paperback, 414 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
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"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
Ryan Murdock
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Great Game classic. Wonderfully written, uncompromisingly direct and honest. Track this down if you have any interest in Central Asia.
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I posted my review on my blog:
John Crane
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Rob Shurmer
Dec 14, 2008 rated it liked it
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!
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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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English adventurer, army officer, and balloonist. Died at Abu Klea, and is immortalised as the dead colonel in Henry Newbolt's "Vitaï Lampada".
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