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"cultures and British ImperialismI had never heard of Mary Kingsley before I picked this book up "and British ImperialismI had never heard of Mary Kingsley before I picked this book up I think that is the greatest tragedy How many men have I heard of who travelled the world how many men I have read who spoke of daring deeds and exotic places And here we have a woman who travelled alone and of her own interest to a land that at the time appeared to be wild and definitely not a place for a Victorian ladyShe has a wonderful turn of phrase and although she often reminds us that she is of course a woman everything she does is everything an explorer should do She fought off two Leopards as they fought dogs and she stumbled upon almost every creature nown to man by accident but did not run in fear but instead stood and watched She did not take any crap from any man whether or not they wore a British Military Uniform or a simple loincloth about his groinAnd despite what we may think of the Victorian period she was greatly received by her male contemporaries but she did not enjoy the label of being a new woman She was not concerned with Feminism instead she concerned herself with her own well being science and the preservation of African culture She died of Typhoid whilst serving a nurse during the Second Boer War She was not a woman a new woman or a man she was simply a scientist and writer a Human BeingBlog Instagram Twitter Pinterest Shop Etsy Read all my reviews on This was an interesting read The Hippo Banuet features travel stories by Mary Kingsley being an explorer in a time where female explorers were very rare So for that I found it interesting to read about and she actually writes uite well However her views are very Victorian obviously and I ve found that I never like these travel stories very much Little Black Classics 32 Mary Kingsley is certainly a woman to admire She was a British explorer of the 19th century who studied cultures and Peoples In West Africa in West Africa in the day it certainly wasn t a job often done by women and her development sounds like straight out of a blockbuster From an early age on she was interested in science and stories of explorers
than those of romantic novelists such as Jane Austen and the Bront sisters When her those of romantic novelists such as Jane Austen and the Bront sisters When her became ill and died soon after she was freed from the responsibility of looking after them and decided to finish a book about African culture which her father had started and decided to go and explore West Africa A Hippo Banuet is a collection of excerpts from her travel journal which are reflective observant and Indeed the ways of Providence here are wonderful in their strange dual intention to preserve and to destroy Mary Kingsley A Hippo BanuetVol N 32 of my Penguin Little Black Classics Box Set This volume contai. An from Tierra del Fuego to 16th century California and the Russian steppe Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions Mary Henrietta Kingsley 1862 1900 Kingsley's work is available in Penguin Classics in Travels in West Africa. ,
I ve never heard of Mary Kingsley before natural history really isn t my forte but I was intrigued by the description of a fearless pioneering Victorian female explorer The writing is very lively and beautifully conjures up images of West African rivers and forests I m uite tempted to read the full version of Travels in West African not least because I d like to now about the explorer herself MHK is not only the uintessential Victorian female explorer but she writes in a style I find hilarious Its hard to describe accurately but to read it in Modern Times It Comes times it comes as sort of pretentious or pompous using a lot of words I only vaguely understand but also in a self deprecating sort of way which just makes her descriptions amusingPage 4 Geographical research in this region is fraught with difficulty I find owing to different tribes calling one in the same place by different names and I am sure the Royal Geographical Society ought to insert amongst their hints that every traveller in this region should carefully learn every separate native word or set of words signifying I don t now four villages and two rivers I have come across out here solemnly set down with various forms of this statement for their native namePage 12 while discussing Hippopotamus At present I am undecided whether nature tried her prentice hand on them in her earliest youth or whether having got thoroughly tired of making the delicately beautiful antelopes corallines butterfliesand orchids she just said Goodness I am uite worn out with this finicking work Here just put these other viscera into big bags I can t bother any This lady is an explorer in a time when you expect it to be male dominated like most things at this time She seems to be a lone explorer and not in the company of white men Like any good explorer she had a team of natives with her and dispels the myth of rape and assualt of a lone woman by the native savagesAlthough the writing was plodding in places I
"GIVE IT A FOUR STAR RATING FOR HER BRAVERY "it a four star rating for her bravery ROCK GIRL I ve got a great deal of respect for Mary Kingsley Being an explorer was typically a man s role it s something he would do if he had spare time and money in the Victorian age It was almost a symbol of status and reputation to go and explore other continents and come back with animalistic trophies to hang ON ONE S WALL IT WAS one s wall It was man s game in a cruel man s world So for Mary Kingsley to go ahead and be an explorer anyway was uite a brave thing to do it symbolises her willpower and determination to do what she wanted to do regardless of gender stereotypes She just doesn t care what other people thing about her These four entries do reveal a lot about Victorian society They re not directly concerned with the era. 'While engaged on this hunt I felt the earth uiver under my feet and heard a soft big soughing sound and looking round saw I had dropped in on a hippo banuet' Told with verve and self mocking wit the adventures of doughty female Victorian explorer Mary Kingsley describe stumbling upon five hippos by night dodging elephants and But whist Kingsley narrates her travel logs She Reveals The Massive Difference In Social reveals the massive difference in social in the sexes It was considered inappropriate for a woman to travel alone let alone go exploring to a faraway continent Her observations are uite amusing though I don t agree with her assessment of Hippopotamus I think Hippos are really uite cute Not everything has to be majestic to be so At present I am undecided whether nature tried her prentice hand on them in her earliest youth or whether having got thoroughly tired of making the delicately beautiful antelopes corallines butterfliesand orchids she just said Goodness I am uite worn out with this finicking work Here just put these other viscera into big bags I can t bother any She transgresses the boundaries between what was considered typical male and female behaviour She s a tough girl And that s not to mention the entire scene where she gets attacked by a leopard she is forced to defend herself with just a cheap wooden stall She is indeed a strong woman and her journal entries are entertaining funny and full of personality This is worth a readPenguin Little Black Classic 33 The Little Black Classic Collection by penguin looks like it contains lots of hidden gems I couldn t help it they looked so good that I went and bought them all I shall post a short review after reading each one No doubt it will take me several months to get through all of them Hopefully I will find some classic authors from across the ages that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection An interesting insight into colonial Africa from the perspective of a female adventurerMy favourite of these short tales was the final one Fight with a Leopard It was the most amusing and Kingsley s attitude towards animals is most The Ring Of The Dove keenly shownOverall I think this collection lack cohesion The subject matter and writer are certainly interesting but the 4 stories don t tie together in anyind of chronology and together in any ind of chronology and feel like a significant amount of context has been lost in presenting them in this format This book was read for the readwomen month A lady whose works helped shift African perceptions by the British as well as what British imperialism was Sign me the hell up for that I do disagree with her views on the suffragette movement but this book is not about that so I will not mention it This is her book of her describing rivets and lands in West Africa and it was very beautiful as well as hilarious Read her for a feel of the time and imperialism and how some believed themselves superior to others she will not disappoint on that aspect Mary Kingsley was an 19th Century English scientific writer and explorer She wrote two books about her journeys through Africa and helped to change Euro. Ighting off a leopard with a stool Introducing Little Black Classics 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics with books from around the world and across many centuries They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Jap.