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Sindh Revisited

Sindh Revisited
“The years Burton spent in India (1842-49) were the crucial formative ones. This was where he first learned about Islam, first mastered the art of disguise, first revealed his dazzling talents as a linguist. Yet these years are also the least known and least documented in the great explorer’s life. By boldly going in Burton ’s footsteps in Sindh, Bombay and Goa, and interviewing dozens of the subcontinent’s experts on Burton and the Raj, Christopher Ondaatje has shed new light on this obscure chapter and brought back new wisdom. Ondaatje’s journey is both a labour of love and a tribute to commitment and stamina, both physical and intellectual. No Burton lover can afford to be without this book.”

Frank Mclynn

Author, Burton : Snow upon the Desert

“Richard Burton and Christopher Ondaatje were bound to join up one day. The intrepid, restless adventurer and the intrepid, restless entrepreneur are soul mates, and only the divide of time separated them. Now Christopher Ondaatje has solved that problem with this fascinating, sometimes moving, and often gripping account of the great Victorian explorer. Sindh Revisited is as intriguing in its exploration of Burton ’s obsessive need to push out into the ‘unknown’ world as it is in delineating Ondaatje’s own need to push out beyond the restrictions of his own known world.”

John Fraser

Master, Massey College , University of Toronto

“Christopher Ondaatje introduced me to Richard Burton, taught me about Richard Burton, sold me on Richard Burton, and then persuaded me to join him halfway around the globe in retracing Richard Burton’s footsteps in India , where the young Victorian adventurer spent his most formative years (1842-49). Our extraordinary journey, and Richard Burton’s, comes alive in this book and goes a long way in confronting the devil that drove Burton in British India , particularly Sindh, the crucible of that mysterious 3,000-year-old civilization. While obviously much has changed in Sindh since Burton ’s time, much remains the same, and Sindh Revisited shows how Burton and India were made for each other and how India shaped him for life – the most crucial yet least explored aspect of Burton ’s life. Sindh Revisited also reveals a great deal about the author. Ondaatje and Burton are kindred spirits – restless, inquisitive and adventurous. In his own way and in his own time Ondaatje has been a great adventurer and conqueror. It is only natural that he is drawn to Burton , and just as inevitable that he too should eventually fall under the spell of the Sindh.”

Haroon Siddiqui

Editorial Page Editor, The Toronto Star


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