The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither

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9781537638270: The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither

Sketches of travel in the Malayan Peninsula

"There never was a more perfect traveler than Miss Bird....Interesting extracts could be made from every page of the book....One of the cleverest books of travel of the year." -The New York Times

"It is sometimes said that, in this bustling age of halfpenny postcards, cheap telegraphy, and telephones, the art of letter-writing has become extinct. This surely cannot be so long as we have, in the fascinating author of 'Life in the Rocky Mountains,' 'The Hawaiian Archipelago,' 'Unbeaten Tracks in Japan,' and this crowning glory of 'The Golden Chersonese, such a worthy heir and rival of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu....Miss Bird's genial sympathy with all nature has nowhere been better illustrated than in the life-like pictures of tropical scenes here unfolded, as in a series of magnificent panoramas, before the gaze of the reader. Open the book where you will, and the eye lights at once on some delightful passage, as unconscious of its subtle beauty as are the strange Eastern lands themselves here so admirably described....A work so brilliantly written, animated by such noble sentiments and kindly feeling." -The Academy and Literature

"For practical common-sense, womanly dignity, purpose, and, as we Americans say, clear 'grit,' recommend us to Miss Bird." -New York Churchman

"It is impossible here to give any fair idea of the charm of this book; it is redolent of the tropics." -San Francisco Chronicle

"One of the best on the Eastern topics. Do not miss it, you who like travels and new worlds, and courage and adventure, and endurance, and best of all, a glimpse of a rising Oriental people quickening under the touches of the West." -Literary World

"An unusually interesting book of travels by an English lady who has earned a title to be regarded as one of the most intelligent and observing of modern travelers." -The United States Army and Navy Journal, and Gazette of the Regular and Volunteer Forces

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Book Description:

An evocative account, first published in 1883, of the final expedition to the East by Isabella Bird, the famous Victorian explorer. It contains twenty-three letters addressed to her sister, describing her travels and adventures in and around Malaysia, and giving fascinating accounts of many aspects of the region.

About the Author:

Isabella Bird was a nineteenth century English explorer,writer,and natural historian whose extensive travels and writings earned her the first female membership of the Royal Geographical Society.In 1879 she visited Malaya, Singapore, Indo-China and Hong Kong, writing 23 letters home to her sister Hennie in Scotland, and naming the collection The Golden Chersonese, the ancient Greek name for the Malay Peninsula.

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