Thompson Frederick Diodati (w2691)

Thompson Frederick Diodati (w2691)

Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: -
Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: 1850 - 1906
Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: -
Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Various-Diversi-Différents
Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Around the World-Giro del mondo-Tour du monde
Additional references-Riferimenti complementari-Références complémentaires: Thompson, Frederick Diodati, e Harry Fenn. In the Track of the Sun; Readings from the Diary of a Globe Trotter. New York: D. Appleton, 1893.


Mr. Thompson left New York for Chicago on October 14th, 1891, and returned to that city on May 18th in the following year. This handsome volume records by pen and pencil what he saw and thought of lands, seas, men, and cities during that time. He began by going across the Continent to Victoria, British Columbia ; went thence to Vancouver, and from Vancouver sailed to Japan. Japan seems to have exercised on him its customary fascination. China did not please him as much. (Why, we may ask, the very hideous picture of "After the Execu- tion " ?) India occupied, of course, some time,—including the stay in Ceylon (where he saw Arabi Pasha), more than a fifth of the time given to the whole of his globe-trotting ; Egypt, Pales- tine, and Europe followed, with ten days in this country. There is nothing remarkable about Mr. Thompson's experiences and opinions ; but the volume in which he has recorded them is excel- lently got up. (We believe that the statement on p. 136 about the behaviour of the Indian rebels to their prisoners is not correct.)
The Spectator, 02.06.1894

Rest not
Life is sweeping by
go and dare before you die.
Something mighty and sublime,
leave behind to conquer time.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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