So good I read it twice I picked up this book by chance in a charity shop because I read the synopsis and thought it sounded interesting I must admit to buying it because I thought I was unlikely to find it elsewhere bearing this in mind it ay upon my shelf for a year before I got round to reading itAs the subject it ittle known to us in the modern era he was a well known cad at the time the author spends a Gandhi Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age lot of time justifying his personal interest and whyight should be shed upon this adventurous Scot The book is a basic narrative of both his journey to Abyssinia and the general events that created and subseuently destroyed his reputation Why Bruce is not better known and put in the ranks of Livingstone and Burton I do not know but the author proved here that he is a worthwhile subject for what is a Les Innocents literary tail of Bruce s own workI recommend this book to anybody interested in eccentric explorer types mysterious traveliterature and most importantly to anyone interested in the history of Ethiopia With this ast fact in mind it is worth noting that few Europeans had been to this exotic and enchanted corner of Africa so this man and this book should be treasuredAs far as the Ark of the Covenant debate goes I think the author clearly believes this book should be treasuredAs far as the Ark of the Covenant debate goes I think the author clearly believes Bruce either saw the site or discovered something of value however he does not How is it that James Bruce is not better known His is the most extraordinary ife story a tale of adventure and derring do in the grand old tradition We think of the 19th century David Livingstone as a great African explorer but Livingstone himself called Bruce a greater traveller than any of us a man who explored the sources of the River Nile a hundred years earlier Near the beginning of this marvellous biography Bredin summarises his subject's travels Bruce had crossed the Nubian Desert climbed the bandit bedevilled mountains of Abyssinia been shipwrec. .
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AOThe obelisk became a source of contention between Italy Ethiopia for decades with Ethiopian governments demanding its return and accusing Rome of breaking a 1947 pledge to return the monumentRome signed two ater accords in 1956 And 1997 To Repatriate The
to return the monumentRome signed two ater accords in 1956 And 1997 To Repatriate The Final 1997 to repatriate the treasureA final was reached in 2003 after Ethiopia threatened to sever diplomatic ties with Romeimage error A forgotten hero Flawed though he was this giant of exploration was a truly great Briton The hardships he endured were formidable His mastery of half a dozen The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States
languages prodigious He was a master of travel I have great respect and admiration for this noble savage A concise rendition of Bruce s book I enjoyed it immensely A fine tale of the British in this case Scottish sense of absurd adventure in a time when it was acceptable nay expected that blowing holes in the natives was the done thingAgain another giantiterally of exploration whose deeds are now cruelly ignored by his fellow countrymen Fascinating what a dude Where is the movie 100 years before Burton and Speke visited the headwaters of the White Nile Lord Bruce of Kinnaird traveled to the source of the Blue Nile His 8 year journey was so unbelieveable that no one believed it until Burton and Speke confirmed his story Lord Bruce was a polyglot and clearly inspired multiple adventures of Sir Richard Burton. Tually true Bredin's wonderful enthusiasm for his subject and his subject's odyssey shines on every page of this biography Some of the emphases perhaps stray a ittle into the realm of the cranky His chapter 5 for instance speculates about the ost Ark of the Covenant believed by some to be in Abyssinia Bredin concedes that he has drawn heavily on Graham Hancock's The Sign and the Seal A uest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant for this section But in general the reader is swept along by Bruce's overpowering personality and his amazing adventures Adam Rober. E
t this detract from the rest of the A fine tale even if I did not enjoy it as much as my reading buddies did I oved the beginning of the book which spoke of his preparations and his arrival in Abyssinia I got bogged down in the middle with the descriptions of the politics of the day and the battles and the fighting But all in all a marvelous description of a most remarkable man p 89 Only a few miles from Adowa ies Axum the ancient capital of Abyssinia it is dominated by a collection of Only a few miles from Adowa ies Axum the ancient capital of Abyssinia it is dominated by a collection of stelae obelisks which mark its antiuity one of them is the Moonrise (Snowfall,
largest in the world The Italians stole one during their brief occupation in the 1930s and erected it outside the office in Rome whence Ethiopia was administered The Ethiopian government has successfully petitioned for its returnWhen The Pale Abyssinian was published in 2000 it seemed that this was the case but another five years would pass before the stela finallyeft Rome but only after a ightning bolt struck and damaged it The FAO is not far from my house and I nearly jumped out of my skin that evening when I first saw and then heard the bolt that fell from the skyHere is an excerpt from an article in italymagBut in the end the obelisk was placed in front of the Fascist Ministry for African Colonies which today houses the United Nation s Food and Agriculture Organization Ked off the North African coast and sentenced to death in Sudan He had ived with the rulers of undiscovered kingdoms and slept with their daughters been granted titles and Hello, Snow!
lands by barbarian warlords and had then returned oress intact to the place of his birth a small town near the Firth of Forth So extraordinary were Bruce's adventures that he was widely disbelieved by polite British society on his return and stigmatised as a A Little Dinner Before the Play
liar Yet Bredin has been able by travelling Bruce's way to demonstrate just how much of this fantastical adventure story is ac.