I was putting together my latest post, the one about the reading list, and I got back to thinking about Rosita Forbes.
Old-time readers of Karavansara will remember that I did a post about Rosita Forbes in the earliest days of this blog, basically because I am in love with the lady.
To recap: independent and adventurous, Rosita married young, divorced, sold her wedding ring and left for good. She did a gig driving an ambulance during the Great War. Then she embarked in a tour of the world with a friend, gatecrashed the Paris Peace Conference, did a bit of spying for the British, and was a pioneer of documentary cinema. And found a lost city in the Sahara desert.
She met both Hitler and Mussolini, and Gandhi, and wrote about it.
And she also wrote a number of travel books and memoirs.
And these are the books we are interested in, of course, because they provide us with the opportunity of seeing the world in the first half of the 20th century through the eyes of an adventuress. And an adventuress that could write.
And even better now that (mostly) the Digital Library of India has uploaded a fat stack of Rosita Forbes books on the Internet Archive – so that you can go there and download and read them, and what’s not to love about it?
So here it is, for the love of adventure, good books and Rosita Forbes, a selection of links1.
1919 – Unconducted Wanderers
1921 – The Secret of the Sahara: Kufara
1921 – Adventure : being a gipsy–some incidents, excitements and impressions of twelve highly – seasoned years
1925 – From Red Sea To Blue Nile, Abyssinian Adventure
1927 – Forbidden Road: Kabul to Samarkand
1939 – India of the Princes
1940 – These men I knew
1944 – Gypsy in the Sun
1946 – Appointment with destiny
Not a bad selection, what?
I hope you enjoy these books – and any comment is welcome, as usual.
- and why not start a new series of posts, called Karavansara Free Library – legally free ebooks, a selection curated by yours truly. Might be fun, don’t you think? ↩