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A Rage To Live

A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton



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The 19th-century explorer Richard Burton was a blend of erudite scholar and daring adventurer. Fluent in 29 languages, he found it easy to pass himself off as a native, thereby gaining unique insight into societies otherwise closed to Western scrutiny. He followed service as an intelligence officer in India with a daring penetration of the sacred Islamic cities of Mecca and Medina disguised as a pilgrim. He was the first European to enter the forbidden African city of Harar, and discovered Lake Tanganyika in his search for the source of the Nile. His fascination with, and research into, intimate ethnic customs, which would eventually culminate in his "Kama Sutra", earned him a racy reputation in that age of sexual repression. Isabel Arundell's aristocratic mother objected to her daughter's marriage to this notorious figure, but Isabel was a spirited, independent-minded woman, and was also passionately in love with Burton. This book tells the story of their successful marriage.

Product code: 9780349110165

ISBN 9780349110165
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW126xS70
No. Of Pages 928
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
On Sale Date 01/11/1999
Richard Burton was a blend of scholar and adventurer. Fluent in twenty-nine languages, he gained insight into societies closed to Western scrutiny. He earned a racy reputation in that age of repression. Isabel Arundell's mother objected to her marriage to this figure. Against all expectations, the Burtons marriage succeeded.