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Novels @ Night -Nonfiction Edition

River of the Gods by Candice Millard

2022-12-08 19:00:00 2022-12-08 20:00:00 America/Chicago Novels @ Night -Nonfiction Edition Join us to discuss River of the Gods: Genious, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile by Candice Millard. Wilmette Public Library - Auditorium

Thursday, December 08
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Add to Calendar 2022-12-08 19:00:00 2022-12-08 20:00:00 America/Chicago Novels @ Night -Nonfiction Edition Join us to discuss River of the Gods: Genious, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile by Candice Millard. Wilmette Public Library - Auditorium

Join us to discuss River of the Gods: Genious, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile by Candice Millard.

Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke were sent by the Royal Geographical Society to claim the prize for England. Burton spoke twenty-nine languages, and was a decorated soldier. He was also mercurial, subtle, and an iconoclastic atheist. Speke was a young aristocrat and Army officer determined to make his mark, passionate about hunting, Burton’s opposite in temperament and beliefs. From the start the two men clashed. They would endure tremendous hardships, illness, and constant setbacks. Two years in, deep in the African interior, Burton became too sick to press on, but Speke did, and claimed he found the source in a great lake that he christened Lake Victoria. When they returned to England, Speke rushed to take credit, disparaging Burton. Burton disputed his claim, and Speke launched another expedition to Africa to prove it. The two became venomous enemies, with the public siding with the more charismatic Burton, to Speke’s great envy. The day before they were to publicly debate,Speke shot himself.

Yet there was a third man on both expeditions, his name obscured by imperial annals, whose exploits were even more extraordinary. This was Sidi Mubarak Bombay, who was enslaved and shipped from his home village in East Africa to India. When the man who purchased him died, he made his way into the local Sultan’s army, and eventually traveled back to Africa, where he used his resourcefulness, linguistic prowess and raw courage to forge a living as a guide. Without Bombay and men like him, who led, carried, and protected the expedition, neither Englishman would have come close to the headwaters of the Nile, or perhaps even survived. (Provided by the publisher)

Copies of the book can be found here. Ebook and eaudiobook copies are available through Digital Library of Illinois or the Libby app. 

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