A Hippo Banquet While engaged on this hunt I felt the earth quiver under my feet and heard a soft big soughing sound and looking round saw I had dropped in on a hippo banquet Told with verve and self mocking wit t

  • Title: A Hippo Banquet
  • Author: Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  • ISBN: 9780141397283
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • While engaged on this hunt I felt the earth quiver under my feet, and heard a soft big soughing sound, and looking round saw I had dropped in on a hippo banquet 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 fighting off a leopard with a stool While engaged on this hunt I felt the earth quiver under my feet, and heard a soft big soughing sound, and looking round saw I had dropped in on a hippo banquet 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 fighting 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 Japan, 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.

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    1. 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 a man’s game in a cruel man’s world. So, for Mary Kingsley to go ahead and be an explorer anyway was quite a brave thing to do; it symbolises her willpower a [...]

    2. Mary Kingsley was an 19th Century English scientific writer and explorer. She wrote two books about her journeys through Africa and helped to change Europe's view of the African cultures and British Imperialism.I had never heard of Mary Kingsley before I picked this book up and 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 [...]

    3. 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 "savages".Although the writing was plodding in places I give it a four star rating for her bravery. YOU ROCK, GIRL.

    4. 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 sup [...]

    5. MHK is not only the quintessential 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 across 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 amusing.Page 4 "Geographical research in this region is fraught with difficulty, I find, owing to different tribes calling one in the same place by diffe [...]

    6. An interesting insight into colonial Africa, from the perspective of a female adventurer.My 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 keenly shown.Overall I think this collection lack cohesion. The subject matter and writer are certainly interesting, but the 4 stories don't tie together in any kind of chronology, and it feel like a significant amount of context has been lost in presenting them i [...]

    7. 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 quite tempted to read the full version of Travels in West African, not least because I'd like to know more about the explorer herself!

    8. I get up without delay, and find myself quite well. The cat has thrown a basin of water neatly over into my bag during her nocturnal hunts; and when my tea comes in I am informed a man 'done die' in the night, which explains the firing of guns I heard. I inquire what he has died of, and am told 'He just truck luck, and then he die.' His widows are having their faces painted white by sympathetic lady friends, and are attired in their oldest, dirtiest clothes, and but very few of them; still, they [...]

    9. The experiences of Mary Kingsley are interesting: she spends her time among West African wildlife and tribespeople. She seems a gregarious type, with much resourcefulness and bravery. The first two stories in this volume are fairly plodding affairs as she sets the scene, while the final two are much packer, detailing as they do, encounters with dangerous animals in the wild. This book is clearly of its time and must have been very interesting for contempories. I cannot say that the writing was t [...]

    10. Actually more like a 3.5 star rating.This book was a lot more funny and witty than I expected. It was a very enjoyable read though some parts felt a bit anticlimactic. One thing that I very much appreciate about this book is the fact that the author writes about Africa and its inhabitants in a very respectful way, which is not found often in these travel journals from that time for as far as I know. I definitely want more so I hopefully will be able to pick up "Travels in West Africa" sometimes [...]

    11. I had never heard of Mary Kingsley before picking up this book, and I'm both ashamed and amazed at this fact. A woman choosing to be an explorer in Victorian times was shocking; exploration and travel were men's hobbies (usually for the very rich) and for Kingsley to simply take off and pursue her dream, not bothering one ounce about what society's opinion of this was, shows complete strength and drive.No doubt dispelling many social expectations of the time, she travels alone with only an inter [...]

    12. Though there are definitely instances and opinions in here that date the work somewhat and which I don't personally agree with - like hunting elephants and thinking gorillas are hideously ugly - I am really glad it introduced me to Mary Kingsley, a fascinating woman who was operating independently and with respect in a truly male dominated world as an explorer and scientist way back in the 1800s; an achievement not to be sniffed at.The fact that a white, Victorian Englishwoman was exploring Afri [...]

    13. Obviously a lot of the ideas here are very, very, very, very, very dated (1897) but Mary Kingsley was actually quite a funny woman. I am miffed at her for calling Gorilla's horrible and I entirely disagree. Gorilla's are awesome and for winners

    14. Boring. Boring. So booooorrrrriiiiing.I was promised a hippo banquet. It was literally one sentence. Basically, I saw a hippo banquet so I left. The LIES!

    15. I can't believe I'd never heard of Mary Kingsley before. She beautifully describes scenes in West Africa - landscapes, animals, people. She also writes with a wonderful, witty humour. This left me feeling inspired and I'm definitely going to be checking out her full works.

    16. With books like this I feel like a couple of maps and drawings could help a lot to understand what is going on. Still an interesting piece since it tells the experiences of a Victorian female explorer in Africa."I am sure the Royal Geographical Society ought to insert among their 'Hints' that every traveller in this region should carefully learn every separate native word, or set of words, signifying 'I don't know,' - four villages and two rivers I have come across out here solemnly set down wit [...]

    17. Heerlijk boekje van en over een Victoriaanse ontdekkingsreiziger in Afrika. "Ik viel vier meter naar beneden, waar het vol rottende bladeren was en meer slangen en miljoenpoten waren dan je van nut zijn, zelfs als je er bent om dieren te verzamelen." Dat en nog veel meer droge doorkijkjes in wat toch wel een heel stoer en avontuurlijk leven is voor een vrouw geboren in 1862.

    18. P good p good. Mary Kingsley clearly has a fabby sense of humour which comes across in her writing in quite a few places, and she didn't kill any animals in these extracts which is always a plus. A quite interesting short extract of her writing.

    19. Reisverhalen zijn niet echt mijn ding Iets teveel langdradige omschrijvingen van de omgeving naar mijn zin. Toch soms een grappige schrijfstijl en typisch Engelse woordgrapjes (referentie naar Henley Regatta).

    20. And the last book of this year is written by a woman explorer in times dominated by males. And she is on her own (as in not the company of other explorers). I loved her sense for detail and the easiness with how she writes about animals. I couldn't help but adore her adventurous spirit!

    21. Excerpts from Kingsley's journal on a trip through west africa - the casual talk of killing big (now rare / endangered) game kind of put me off but she was probably considered pretty mild on the killing things front compared to some.

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