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Record 18518

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'Any one can imagine the fearful monotony of those long dreary marches seated on the back of a slow and silently moving camel. While it was light I would read and even write; but soon the sun would set before us, the stars would appear one by one, and through the long dark hours we would go silently on [...].'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 8 May 1887 and 13 May 1887
Country: China/Mongolia
Time: evening
daytime: until sunset
Place: other location: crossing the Gobi Desert on back of camel
   
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Francis Younghusband
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 31 May 1863
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: soldier and explorer
Religion: Evangelical Christian at the time later promoted his own brand of spirituality
Country of origin: India, English parents
Country of experience: China/Mongolia
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: unknown
Title: unknown
Genre: Unknown, see additional comments
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 18518  
Source - Print  
  Author: Francis E. Younghusband
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Heart of a Continent: A Narrative of Travels in Manchuria, across the Gobi Desert, through the Pamirs and Chitrai, 1884-1894
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1897
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 86
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Francis E. Younghusband, The Heart of a Continent: A Narrative of Travels in Manchuria, across the Gobi Desert, through the Pamirs and Chitrai, 1884-1894 (London, 1897), p. 86, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=18518, accessed: 28 February 2024

Additional comments:

reading material unspecified but Younghusband's biographer indicates that he took a hymn book inscribed by his sister (French, 2004, p.38). This part of the source text makes frequent references to the travel writings of Nikolai Prjevalsky [sic] or Przewalski (1839-1888) the Russian geographer, explorer and naturalist who first crossed the Gobi Desert in the 1870s publishing accounts of his crossings in works in 1875 and 1879. It is possible that Younghusband had one of these texts with him.

 

 

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