Three Weeks in December
In 1899 Jeremy, a young engineer, leaves a small town in Maine to oversee the construction of a railroad across East Africa. In charge of hundreds of Indian laborers, he soon finds himself the reluctant hunter of two lions that are killing his men in almost nightly attacks on their camp.... show more
In 1899 Jeremy, a young engineer, leaves a small town in Maine to oversee the construction of a railroad across East Africa. In charge of hundreds of Indian laborers, he soon finds himself the reluctant hunter of two lions that are killing his men in almost nightly attacks on their camp. Plagued by fear, wracked with malaria and alienated by a secret he can tell no one, he takes increasing solace in the company of the African who helps him hunt. In 2000 Max, an American ethnobotonist, travels to Rwanda in search of an obscure vine that could become a lifesaving pharmaceutical. Stationed in the mountains, she closely shadows a family of gorillas, the last of their group to survive the encroachment of local poachers. Max bears a striking gift for understanding the ape's non-verbal communication, but their precarious solidarity is threatened as a violent rebel group from the nearby Congo draws close.
Publish date: January 31st 2012
Publisher: Europa Editions
Pages no: 353
Edition language: English
I love lions. Big, beautiful killing machines that they are. I wouldn’t want to meet one in dark alley. And I wouldn’t want to be in Africa, building a railroad, when the lions decide to eat people. This book is based, in part, on a true story about the lions that h...
This book blew me away. The research effort must have been enormous. There is so much insight and information included: about Aspergers, about animal and plant life, about the behavior of Silverback gorillas, about the building of the railroad and the workers who came to help construct the rails, ab...
Three Weeks in December is a story of strangers, primarily from an American perspective, in a strange land, south-eastern Africa. The story is told in the alternating perspectives of Jeremy in the late 19th century and Max in the late 20th century in present day Rwanda. Both Jeremy and Max are outsi...