What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
according Africa appeared Arabs arrived attention banks Berbers branch brought Cabra Caillié called camels canoe caravan carry considerable continued course covered crossed dates Dhioliba direction distance drink east eight English European feet five four gave geographical give given ground half halted hand heat hills hour hundred inhabitants interior Jenné journey kind Laing lake leave less letter Major means miles miles true Moors morning Morocco mosque mountains nature nearly negroes night o'clock obliged observed obtain offered passed piece plain position present proceeded reached received remained remarked residence respecting rice river road route sand seen Senegal side situated slaves Society soil soon Tafilet tent Timbuctoo tion took town traveller turned village visited whole wind
Page 501 - The events detailed in this volume cannot fail to excite an intense interest." —Dublin Literary Gazette. "The only connected and well authenticated account we have of the spiritstirring scenes which preceded the fall of Napoleon. It introduces us into the cabinets and presence of the allied rnonarchs.
Page 60 - The inhabitants of Timbuctoo are exceedingly neat in their dress and in the interior of their dwellings. Their domestic articles consist of calabashes and wooden platters. They are unacquainted with the use of knives and forks, and they believe that, like them, all people in the world eat with their fingers. Their furniture merely consists of mats for sitting on ; and their beds are made by fixing four stakes in the ground at one end of the room, and stretching over them some mats or a cow-hide.
Page 111 - One of the largest of these pillars of sand," says a modern traveller, Caillie, " crossed our camp, overset all the seats, and whirling us about like straws, threw one of us on the other in the utmost confusion. We knew not where we were, and could not distinguish anything at the distance of a foot. The sand wrapped us in darkness like a fog, and the sky and the earth seemed confounded and blended in one. Whilst this frightful tempest lasted we remained stretched on the ground motionless, dying of...
Page 60 - Timbuctoo are not veiled like those of Morocco: they are allowed to go out when they please, and are at liberty to see any one. The people are gentle and complaisant to strangers. In trade they are industrious and intelligent ; and the traders are generally wealthy and have many slaves. The men are of the ordinary size, well made, upright, and walk with a firm step. Their colour is a fine deep black. Their noses are a little more aquiline than those of the Mandingoes, and like them they have thin...
Page 46 - The city presented, at first view, nothing but a mass of ill-looking houses, built of earth.
Page 77 - Arabia, whose creed maintains that there is but one God, and that Mahomet is his prophet, and teaches ceremonies by prayer, with washings, Ac., almsgiving, fasting, sobriety, pilgrima^f to Mecca, Ac.
Page 67 - that if I should return by the way of Sego, Sansanding, and our establishments at Galam, those who might envy the success of my enterprise, the very undertaking of which had created for me many enemies, would pretend to doubt the fact of my journey, and of my residence at Timbuctoo ; whereas, by returning through the Barbary States, the mere mention of the point at which I had arrived would reduce the most envious to silence.
Page 72 - des esquisses nai'ves.' 1 hen the ' sort of triangle' in the text, is a parallelogram in this thing called ' a view.' He sketched it, he says, from two heaps of dirt or rubbish. ' Many a time have I ascended to the tops of these hills, to obtain a complete view of the town and to make my sketch.
Page 112 - ... at the distance of a foot. The sand wrapped us in darkness like a fog, and the sky and the earth seemed confounded and blended in one. Whilst this frightful tempest lasted we remained stretched on the ground motionless, dying of thirst, burned by the heat of the sand, and buffeted by the wind. We suffered nothing, however, from the sun, whose disk, almost concealed by the clouds of sand, appeared dim and deprived of its rays.