- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: BiblioBazaar (Sept. 27 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142642518X
- ISBN-13: 978-1426425189
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 322 g
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Through Five Republics on Horseback: Being an Account of Many Wanderings in South America Paperback – Oct 11 2007
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
Is very detailed about the people and places he encounters. Factual and frequently humorous. Highly recommended
April 29, 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Very detailed about the people and conditions he encounters. He does not display the racial egotism and assumption of superiority common to that era even while writing about the lack of sanitation, lack of personal cleanliness, and poverty endemic to the western interior of China at that time. In fact, he clearly considers the Europeans who hold such views in contempt and believes they are self-styled "experts" who have only experienced the Chinese from behind their Western enclaves, have never truly encountered the people and do not know what they are talking about. While he is exactingly truthful about the conditions in which those he meets live, and does not gloss over the reality of their lives, he does so without assuming any natural superiority. He goes into detail about the differences between Western behaviors and expectations and the Chinese way of doing things which he encounters all along the way and paints pictures of frustration on his part with a most humorous brush. You will encounter some of the florid writing common to the first decade of the 20th century, especially when he is describing the landscape, but actually very little of it. But beyond all the amusing and dreadful things he recounts, his private thoughts and musings are eerily prescient. I would like to have known this man.
V. E. Olson
Through Five Republics on Horseback
September 25, 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
an eye-opening documentary regarding the treatment and abuse of natives in South America by "civilized" interlopers. a somewhat horrifying description of the rape and pillage of the land, the people and their values held for thousands of years. made me sad and mad to read this book.