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Wanderings in West Africa
Great Victorian scholar-adventurer recounts long journey to British diplomatic post at Fernando Po, expeditions to African mainland. Invaluable descriptions of African tribal rituals concerning birth, marriage and death, and of tribal fetishism, ritual murder, cannibalism, exotic sexual practices, more. Preface. 1 illustration. 1 foldout map.
Paperback, 624 pages
Published October 7th 1991 by Dover Publications
(first published February 1st 1971)
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This amounts to a travelogue of Burton's journey to the coast of West Africa, with stops at Madiera, Teneriff, and Sierra Leone along the way, before his final arrival at the Ivory Coast. Detailed, but rather dry descriptions of everything that interested him (and practically everything did).
Like another reviewer said, it's a somewhat dry account, with many over-detailed descriptions of buildings, Capes, forests etc.,but still an easy enough read. The author was a bit bored in Tenerife because there wasn't much going on.Things have changed somewhat since then........
1.5 stars. Absolutely the most self-centered author I have ever come across. He likes nothing. Everything is sub-par. I couldn't read the whole book. It's too bad, because this could have been a great catalog of the way Africa was in the 1860's.
Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS was a British geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat. He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia, Africa and the Americas as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian, and Af ...moreMore about Richard Francis Burton...