Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
In Dark Star Safari the wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, he endures danger, delay, and dismaying... show more
In Dark Star Safari the wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, he endures danger, delay, and dismaying circumstances.Gauging the state of affairs, he talks to Africans, aid workers, missionaries, and tourists. What results is an insightful meditation on the history, politics, and beauty of Africa and its people, and "a vivid portrayal of the secret sweetness, the hidden vitality, and the long-patient hope that lies just beneath the surface" (Rocky Mountain News). In a new postscript, Theroux recounts the dramatic events of a return to Africa to visit Zimbabwe.
Publish date: April 5th 2004
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 485
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Book Club
Well, I have already written three blogposts worth of thoughts on this really interesting book, however I will simply touch on a few more important points for those of you who don't have the time (or the inclination) to read through what I have written elsewhere (and the links to those posts are bel...
Nie ukrywam, to moje pierwsze spotkanie z autorem. Spotkanie niekrótkie, Kair i Kapsztad leżą przecież na dwóch krańcach Afryki. Po tej książce jednak wiem, że pozwolę Paulowi Therouxowi zabrać się w kolejne podróże. Momentalnie, od pierwszych zdań spodobał mi się styl autora, przeplatane wątki z po...
Excellent. Travel with the author from Cairo to Cape Town. He traveled about 10 years after my 1990 college trip to Egypt (considered by many to not be a part of Africa). It was really interesting reading his take on the changes there, after the gulf war riled the region up and made it much less saf...
This was my first Theroux and, on finishing it, I couldn’t fully judge of the tone of a book that was written near what will likely be the end of his career, after a certain cynicism has taken root. Since then, I’ve read The Great Railway Bazaar (his first travel book) and now a good chunk of Ghost...
I so enjoy Theroux's writing, but this one goes beyond curmudgeonly. Read it for the descriptions of landscape and people, but ignore the opinions (as, at 7:47 in the audiobook, he appears to advocate for letting children starve rather than providing aid).As a reader, Thoroux makes you feel damned i...