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The Life of Sir Richard Burton

The Life of Sir Richard Burton [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Wright
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From Ptolemy downwards writers and travellers had prayed for the unveiling of Isis, that is to say, the discovery of the sources of the Nile; but for two thousand years every effort had proved fruitless. Burning to immortalize himself by wresting from the mysterious river its immemorial secret, Burton now planned an expedition for that purpose.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A basic biography 10 Oct 2013
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Sir Richard Burton crammed a huge amount of activity into his life conducting exploration in Africa, Asia and South America in addition to fulfilling diplomatic roles, writing literally dozens of books and translating many oriental texts, the best known of which is the 'Thousand and one nights.' He was an extraordinary linguist with knowledge of many languages and dialects. It is difficult then to fit all this activity into a single biography. Having said that, though, this near contemporary biography is still very basic and gives little detail about how he travelled and the conditions he met with. What it does do is make you want to read a more recent, better researched biography which would put this controversial figure more into the context of his times and offer a more modern evaluation of what he achieved.
Update I've since read and enjoyed 'The Highly Civilized Man, Richard Burton and the Victorian World' by Dane Kennedy which gives an excellent, more up to date account of Burton's life.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 17 April 2013
By 1kevfp
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Only for Sir Richard Burton stalwarts far to in depth for me I think better to read his own novels
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exploding the myths 22 July 2012
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At last I've found a book to tell a different side to one of England greatest adventurers, obviously, not an easy man to know, or possibly to like, but I think an honest man with vision in a time when too many people had clouded ideas about the world they lived in. Perhaps he wasn't the greatest writer of his time, but when one realises the amount of so called literature published then and compare it with the things in the media we are are offered nowadays you can only come to the conclusion, like me that he wasnt that bad, a good read well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Sep 2014
By stuart
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what a guy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A censored biography by a devout christian 8 Oct 2012
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To be honest - i didn't get past the introduction by the author Thomas Wright. He was proud of the fact that he had heavily censored Burton's letter's and that he had "ruthlessly struck out every sentence that might give offence".

Written in 1906 by one who stated that it was his "christian duty" to avoid giving offence - Wright goes on to inform us that he believes that he was able to give a "sufficient account" of Burton's erotic works where "necessity" had "obliged" him to "touch upon the subject". He added that he had been as "brief as possible" and had "written in a way that only scholars could understand." He concluded that his book would sit on drawing room tables and be "within the reach of everyone" He had therefore "nowhere mentioned the subject by name".

In the introduction to his translation of "The perfumed Garden", Burton wrote

It is only to be regretted that this work, so complete in many respects, is defective in so far as it makes no
mention of a custom too common with the Arabs not to deserve particular attention. I speak of the taste so
universal with the old Greeks and Romans, namely, the preference they give to a boy before a woman, or even to
treat the latter as a boy.

There might have been given on this subject sound advice as well with regard to the pleasures mutually enjoyed
by the women called tribades. The same silence has been preserved by the author respecting bestiality.
Nevertheless the two stories which he relates, and which speak, one of the mutual caresses of two women, and the
other of a woman provoking the caresses of an ass, show that he knew of such matters. It is, therefore,
inexcusable that he should not have spoken more particularly on those points. It would certainly have been
interesting to know which animals, by reason of their nature and conformation, are fittest to give pleasure
either to man or woman, and what would be the result of such copulation. Lastly, the Cheikh does not mention the
pleasures which the mouth or the hand of a pretty woman can give, nor
the cunnilinges.

Given Burton's familiarity with the above topics, and the broad minded attitude his words reveal him to possess; I can only conclude that Wright's attempt at Burton's biography would be found wanting more by what is conspicuously and deliberately absent - rather than what was chosen to be included.

This, by virtue of what was considered "safe" for christian eyes in the early 1900's, leaves me with no desire to read a black and white story of one of history's most colorful characters.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Offensively offenseless. 25 April 2013
By robert a. richey - Published on
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After reading John Dunning's book THE BOOKMAN'S PROMISE, I realized the character Sir Richard Burton was a real person. I looked for a biography on Kindle and found Mr. Wright's book for free (I should have suspected something then.). I began reading the Victorian version of an extraordinary man's life. It was so censored and colorless as to be almost invisible. I kept reading, hoping it would improve: it didn't. Don't waste your time. Find a bio which gives you some idea of the real man's life. This one won't.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent read 16 Aug 2013
By Frank E. Perry - Published on
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The author give an account of Burton's life that fits the tenor of his life.
There is a wealth od detail that could only have been written when many of the people who knew Burton were still alive.
For students of 19th century history it is an excelent view of the edges of the world.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He's not Elizabeth Taylor's ex-Husband 25 Jan 2013
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This free resource is jammed packed with amazing insight into Israel and the land surrounding is like a treasure map of history comes alive! You will have a great respect for the land we call the Middle East after you read this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very descriptive 3 Mar 2014
By carmen isabel lopez - Published on
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It is easy to read, descriptive and intersting.
I recommend it to anyone who want to
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