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by Iliya Troyanov

  • ISBN: 0571239463
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Iliya Troyanov
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; Export Ed. edition (2008)
  • Pages: 400
  • ePub book: 1312 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1824 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 664

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The Collector of Worlds book. That said there are positive things to say about Der Weltensammler by Iliya Troyanov.

The Collector of Worlds book. For instance, I enjoyed the writing, and another thing was how difficult I found it to actually give myself completely to the novel, which is also a thing I dislike, but I think this might also be a positive thing, because the author wanted to write a book about how im I cannot give a book more than a single star when I. could barely finish it and had to skip through several pages just to feel closer to the end.

Troyanov skilfully spins multiple viewpoints together, yet the third-party approach has the effect of making an enigmatic subject appear even more remote

Troyanov skilfully spins multiple viewpoints together, yet the third-party approach has the effect of making an enigmatic subject appear even more remote.

Iliya Troyanov’s ‘The Collector of Worlds’ is a wonderfully sumptuous example. The Collector of Worlds won the fiction prize of Germany's Leipzig Book Fair in 2006 and the Berlin Literary Award, in addition to being a runaway bestseller in Germany. I was thrilled by this book. One could compare it to Moby-Dick, narrated in a masterly manner. This is a novel that entertains as well as informs, and this is the best that one could say of any book. the perfect present for wannabe explorers. National Geographic Traveler Online).

In The Collector of Worlds, Iliya Troyanov has turned Burton's unbelievable life into believable fiction, achieving a rounded and satisfying portrait that traditional biography could never matc. royanov's novel is itself an act of brave exploration, setting out to chart the unknown an. . royanov's novel is itself an act of brave exploration, setting out to chart the unknown and unknowable by filling in the blank spaces of Richard Francis Burton.

Books First Chapter. The Collector of Worlds’. ILIYA TROYANOV; translated WILLIAM HOBSONMAY 8, 2009. Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site. Continue reading the main story

Books First Chapter. Continue reading the main story. We’re interested in your feedback on this page. Tell us what you think. Translated by William Hobson MAY 7, 2009.

Reading this book felt like being in the middle of the Arabian Nights and I really enjoyed all the colour and noise and the exotic smells and tastes. I found the story fascinating - and the servants, guides and teachers were amazing characters - so vividly drawn and such a contrast to the enigma of Richard Burton. Find similar books Profile. Now they fell in with a party of Wahhabis led by a kettledrum and a green banner that bore the profession of faith in resplendent white letters.

Iliya Troyanov has turned Burton's unbelievable life into believable fiction, achieving a rounded and satisfying portrait that traditional biography could never match.

The Collector of Worlds' by Iliya Troyanov. A fantastic life makes for exciting literature. Troyanov cleverly achieved this in his 2006 book The Collector of Worlds

The Collector of Worlds' by Iliya Troyanov. But how do you turn a life bursting with anecdotes, culture clashes and personal dramas into a novel? Troyanov cleverly achieved this in his 2006 book The Collector of Worlds. He selected three chapters of Burton's exciting biography and fleshed them out with literary life - fantasy, fictional dialogue and a ton of juicy atmospheric descriptions. Stuffed to bursting, the city let out a belch from time to time.

The Collector of Worlds won the fiction prize of Germany's Leipzig Book Fair in 2006 and the Berlin Literary Award, in addition to being a runaway . Born in Bulgaria, Iliya Troyanov has lived in Germany, Kenya, India, and South Africa.

The Collector of Worlds won the fiction prize of Germany's Leipzig Book Fair in 2006 and the Berlin Literary Award, in addition to being a runaway bestseller in Germany. He has written several novels as well as travelogues on Africa, India, and Bulgaria. His Along the Ganges was included in CondÉ Nast Traveler's list of the best travelogues ever. Troyanov lives in Vienna, Austria.

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Goldfury Goldfury
In a note prior to beginning his novel, Iliya Troyanov makes the following disclaimer about THE COLLECTOR OF WORLDS: "Despite occasional direct quotations, its characters and plot are predominately the product of the author's imagination and make no claim to be measured against biographical fact." Rather then focus on Richard Burton, for some reason Troyanov let's us see him through the eyes of minor characters.

Troyanov divides the novel into three parts: Burton's exploits in India as a young army captain; his infiltration of Medina and Mecca; and his efforts to find the source of the Nile.

For the first segment, Troynanov relies on the point of view of Naukaram, Burton's servant. Most of this is about Naukaram's efforts to get a letter of recommendation written by a lahiya (a sort of scribe) by telling him of his time with Burton after he had been dismissed for getting into a fight with a chef. As a result we don't learn much about Burton's exploits as a spy. However, we do see him begin to wear Arab clothes and begin to learn several languages.

The second part, Burton's penetration of the Moslem holy cities, mostly deals with various Islamic officials investigating how Burton was able to overcome their defenses. We hear from The Sharif of Mecca among others. They interrogate the innocent pilgrims who accompanied Burton on his Hajj. Most have nothing but good things to say about Burton. Burton assumes the disguise of a Persian doctor and dervisher who likes to drink. This doesn't surprise the pilgrims much. Meanwhile we're introduced to some curious Islamic activities, such as circumambulating anti-clockwise the Kaaba, the supposed Rock of Abraham, seven times along with hundreds of other pilgrims who try to touch it.

The third segment deals with Burton's attempt to find the source of the Nile. Burton sets out, with fellow explorer John Speke, on a caravan led by African guide and former slave, Sidi Mubarek Bombay, to find the two mysterious lakes, one of which Speke names Lake Victoria. Burton is sick with malaria most to the time. As a result, Speke gets the jump on him with the help of Bombay. Bombay likes to tell stories. Unfortunately his wife has heard most of them; their humorous interaction is the highlight of this part of the book.

Troyanov skips over the debate with Speke about the true source of the Nile. He doesn't even cover Speke's suicide (or hunting accident) on the eve of a debate with Burton. Instead we see Burton on his death bed and the priest who administers extreme unction is worried that Burton was not a Christian. Luckily the bishop has a somewhat more magnanimous interpretation of the term.

There is a glossary at the back of the book, but it seemed that every time I looked for a word, it was missing. Personally I think a writer should think twice before he/she choses a historical character as the inspiration for a novel. It almost never works, especially when the author approaches the task from such an oblique angle. The reader would be better off reading Burton's own accounts or THE DEVIL DRIVES by Fawn
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Dakora Dakora
An amazing man who led an amazing life, and this book brings it all to life for the reader. Years ago the BBC produced a wonderful series on the search for the source of the Nile, and so that part of Burton's story can be SEEN, but such a brilliant life that was full of such high adventure could never be shown without a VERY VERY long series made at terrible expense. This book, while covering only certain exciting phases of his career, comes as close as anything can to making it all real for you, short of giving you malaria.
Kann Kann
This is a great bio of a truly giant of a man. Those who have read biographies of or works by Sir Richard Francis Burton will enjoy this. Others, perhaps not as much. A blistering insight into the British Empire's India. Fine reading.
Fecage Fecage
This was an excellent selection! Burton was truly a universal man, and the book read like the wind! Great book! Burton is known for his exotic travel adventures all over the world in the 19th century, and was a linguist who spoke 29 languages! He also wrote a great quantity of books, which have been read by interested people everywhere.
Karon Karon
One may admire RB's accomplishments for some time,
until one realizes he was a man of his times: a very uninformed
Jew-hater, too bigoted and lazy to add Hebrew to his impressive
language skills, and too lazy to talk to the many Rabbis
he went out of his way to avoid, lest his received, strange, illogical,
hateful preconceptions be challenged. Its educational to be reminded
that those many regard as learned, are anything but... in unexpected ways...
HeonIc HeonIc
The writer and the subject Richard Burton have a critical thing in common,place. Whilst Burton was one of the first in the "place' Troyanov has been there and brings the colour and feeling of the exotic to his book.
Personally I prefer books written in the first person and this one is not.
Overall I enjoyed the book and will reread it again in the near future.