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Armchair adventurers and lovers of the idiosyncratic will thoroughly enjoy John Keay's amusing account of notable, nutty personalities from the lunatic fringe of nineteenth century world travelers.
Meet "contemptuous, trigger-happy" Savage Landor, who climbed the Himalayas without mountain climbing gear because he considered it "cheating". Fend off crocodiles with Mary Kingsly, the eccentric English spinster who traversed the swamps and steamy interiors of Africa in formal black skirts, high collars, cummerbunds, and furry hats. Consider the curious Frenchman Louis de Rougemont and his "Most Amazing Story a Man Ever Lived to Tell", and take a "Walk On the Weird Side" with Dr. Ludwig Leichardt, the "unsufferably prickly" German botanist who vanished without trace into the Australian Outback. There is also the tale of canoe-paddling evangelist John "Rob Roy" MacGregor, who sailed through the Suez Canal before it was built, and that of sailor John Dundas Cochrane, who tried to walk around the world. Finally, consider the strange fate of Isabelle Eberhardt, the morose "Amazon of the Sands" who died at the age of 27 a legend of the Sahara.
John Keay has assembled a witty, satirical companion volume to his much heralded Eccentric Travelers that entertains as it recaptures the unique spirit of the long lost nineteenth century travel writing literary tradition.

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