A Corkscrew Is Most Useful: The Travellers of Empire

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A Corkscrew is Most Useful: The Travellers of Empire by Nicholas Murray

The Carl Rogers Reader. The Travellers of Empire. While interesting, it's a bit dry and is not a book that I can read straight through.

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Also of general consensus is that it was important to see inside harems, and elsewhen report back home on how attractive the local females were. The Victorian traveller would have had the best of worlds in one regard — the whole empire to explore, and until Thomas Cook and his own empire, very few fellow travellers, and certainly no spit tourists.

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Nobody these days is allowed to ride piggy-back on Galapagos turtles, for one. At the other end of the spectrum are many instances of people going abroad with all good intentions to become worldly wise, have a happy time learning, and not surviving the foreign climes more than two years, what with all the numerous diseases, and insect life, and the unsettlingly novel sites suttee, burned corpses floating a cargo of pecking crows down the holy rivers of India no-one seemed to have been expecting.

Or just from having been eaten.

Flagged as history, this book easily breaches that category, to become a very good armchair travelling document. I do find it awkward to make the assumption that your guide is what you would might prefer, however.

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There is a sense that one needs a map to join the travels' dots together, and a knowledge of all the civil wars, troubles and problems the empire encountered, but I think I got just as much out of this book as I desired. I'm glad the book isn't double the length, as such editorialising would have caused it to be. All the same, knowledge of Turkish tribes is assumed, and I wish I had known Liebig's extract became later known as … look it up yourself. Beyond all the surrogate travels, of course, is a great biographical sense too — the characters and oddities the research has thrown up, from the unknown and barely unrecorded traveller to the fascinating resting place Burton resides in — are all revealed in greatly enjoyable detail.

And of course while summarising an era, and a great mass of people united by their loathing of the immigrant Brits they found around the billiard table when first getting a foothold abroad, before coming back to die in the home counties, the book also educates us about ourselves.