The Totall Discourse of the Rare Adventures & Painefull Peregrinations of Long Nineteen Yeares Travayles: From Scotland to the Most Famous Kingdomes in Europe, Asia and Affrica

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J. MacLehose, 1906 - Voyages and travels - 448 pages
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This is one of the best and funniest travel books I have ever read, and I am very much surprised it is not better known. William Lithgow, often referred to as 'lug ear'd Will' was, as far as we know, a self-imposed exile for many years after having his ears clipped by the brothers of a girl he was having a tryst with. Combining some curmudgeonly views with a very wry sense of humor and a certain voyeur's instinct, he observes such intriguing matters as Constantinople's slave market where a western gentleman decides he will 'liberate' a slave.. but only after having his way with her first. He ends his travels tortured on the rack by Inquisitors, accused of being a spy. When they discover he is not in fact a spy, they feel that since they tortured him it must have been God's will and he had done something else wrong that needed punishment. This book is a one-off and not difficult to read despite the age of the English, as Lithgow writes more as a tabloid journalist than a literary type. A gem!  

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