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African Adventure; overland from Cairo to Capetown

  • Apr 14, 2009
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Paul Theroux has pulled it off again.  In Dark Star Safari, he travels mostly overland from North to South.  He revisits nations and former stomping grounds from his days in the Peace Corp and as a University Professor.  His insight to the joy and troubles of Africa are intuitive.    He convinces me of the weakness and limitations associated with the 'agents of virtue' who pour aid into nations without regard for their actual needs.

This is one of many of Paul Theroux' travel stories, and one of his best.
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April 14, 2009
hey Frank... great to see you here!! Hope you dig it. I've seen Hansi and Kiwi here too...but i think you've written the first review. Thanks! Hansi is here @Hanseroo and Kiwi is here: @kiwinz. hope you like lunch!
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In the travel-writing tradition that made Paul Theroux"s reputation, Dark Star Safari is a rich and insightful book whose itinerary is Africa, from Cairo to Cape Town: down the Nile, through Sudan and Ethiopia, to Kenya, Uganda, and ultimately to the tip of South Africa. Going by train, dugout canoe, "chicken bus," and cattle truck, Theroux passes through some of the most beautiful — and often life-threatening — landscapes on earth.
This is travel as discovery and also, in part, a sentimental journey. Almost forty years ago, Theroux first went to Africa as a teacher in the Malawi bush. Now he stops at his old school, sees former students, revisits his African friends. He finds astonishing, devastating changes wherever he goes. "Africa is materially more decrepit than it was when I first knew it," he writes, "hungrier, poorer, less educated, more pessimistic, more corrupt, and you can"t tell the politicians from the witch doctors. Not that Africa is one place. It is an assortment of motley republics and seedy chiefdoms. I got sick, I got stranded, but I was never bored. In fact, my trip was a delight and a revelation."
Seeing firsthand what is happening across Africa, Theroux is as obsessively curious and wittily observant as always, and his readers will find themselves on an epic and enlightening journey. Dark Star Safari is one of his bravest and best books.
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ISBN-10: 0618446877 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 978-0618446872 (pbk.)
Author: Paul Theroux
Publisher: Mariner Books
Date Published: April 5, 2004
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