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    Description'He who once enters Khiva abandons all hope, as surely as one who enters Hell. His prison house is girdled with trackless deserts, whose sole inhabitants are the sellers of human flesh.' In the winter of 1875, a young British officer set out across central Asia on a strictly unofficial mission to investigate the latest secret Russian moves in the Great Game. His goal was the mysterious caravan city of Khiva, closed to all European travellers by the Russians following their seizure of it two years earlier. His aim was to discover whether, as many British strategists feared, this remote and dangerous oasis was about to be used as a springboard for an invasion of India. Captain Frederick Burnaby was already something of a legend. For a start he was reputed to be the strongest man in the British Army, standing six-foot-four and weighting fifteen stone. Nor was he simply a Goliath, for he spoke no fewer than seven languages, including Russian and Turkish, and possessed a most vigorous and colourful prose style. Unknown to his superiors, who would have forbidden the venture, he rode for over a thousand miles across steppe and desert, struggling through blizzards and snowdrifts, to reach forbidden Khiva. Ordered home by an alarmed government, Burnaby immediately sat down and wrote this best-selling account of his adventures, which has become a Great Game classic.


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    Title
    A Ride to Khiva
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Frederick Burnaby, By (author) Peter Hopkirk
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 414
    Width: 122 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780192803672
    ISBN 10: 0192803670
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    Illustrations note
    1 map
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford Paperbacks
    Publication date
    28 November 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Frederick Gustavus Burnaby was a soldier, traveller, writer, and pioneer balloonist. He was reputed to be the strongest man in the British Army, and spoke no fewer than seven languages. In 1875, on a one-man Great Game mission, he rode to Khiva in Central Asia, and the following year set out from Constantinople for eastern Turkey. In 1885 he was speared to death while campaigning in the Sudan, where he is buried somewhere in the desert.
    Table of contents
    AVAILABLE ON REQUEST ; THE GUIDE'S RETALIATION-HORSES' NOSTRILS STUFFED UP WITH ICICLES-ENDURANCE OF THE HORSES-KALENDERHANA-A SUDDEN THOUGHT-THE WOMEN EXPOSE THEIR FACES-THE KIRGHIZ POETRY-SHEEP-A SIGN OF MANHOOD IN THE BRIDEGROOM-JEALOUS FEMALES-FEASTING-A PECULIAR POCKET-GAMES-HORSE RACES-THE GIRLS AND THEIR ADMIRERS-A SIMPLE MARRIAGE CEREMONY-"BUT SUPPOSING SHE WOULD NOT HAVE YOU?'