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Dark Star Safari Overland from Cairo to Cape Town - Paul Theroux
Dark Star Safari Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
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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... show more
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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780618134243 (0618134247)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 472
Edition language: English
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Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it
3.5
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...
Rashan
Rashan rated it
4.5 Safari mrocznej gwiazdy. Lądem z Kairu do Kapsztadu
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...
msleighm books
msleighm books rated it
5.0 Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
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...
AC
AC rated it
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...
Osho
Osho rated it
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...
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