One could imagine the premise of Sir Richard Burton's Pilgrimage to Medina and Mecca being pitched as a madcap, Mrs. Doubtfire-style comedy: A romantic, self-styled member of the British aristocracy cons his way into the Muslim holy land by pretending to be a wandering dervish…it's the reverse-Borat! But Burton plays it straight in this classic of travel literature. Patrick Tull brings a vinegary pluck to Sir Richard's Herodotean tale of adventure and amateur anthropology. Likely to be as fascinating a window into the 19th-century British mind as into the Arab world, Pilgrimage to Medina and Mecca remains one of the history's most brazen and fascinating stories of cross-cultural exploration.
(P)1992 by Recorded Books, Inc.
This audio book was entertaining but lacked continuity. It’s difficult to condense two volumes into a short summery. If you can find the time read: Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah & Meccah, by Sir Richard F. Burton, from Dover Press, in two volumes. Tull, the narrator, was good…
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