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Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown

Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown

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By (author) Paul Theroux

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  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Format: Paperback | 485 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 25mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 5 April 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0618446877
  • ISBN 13: 9780618446872
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 94,389

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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.

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Engagingly written, sharply observed; another winner from Theroux. Kirkus Reviews, Starred His encounters with the natives, aid workers and occasional tourists make for rollicking entertainment, even as they offer a sobering look at the social and political chaos in which much of Africa finds itself. Publishers Weekly No mere tale of travel mishaps....Safari is Swahili for journey, and Theroux's is truly fantastic. Library Journal Starred Few recent books provide such a litany of Africa's ills, even as they make one fall in love with the continent. The Washington Post Theroux, one suspects, could be a headache to travel with; resourceful, courageous and indefatigable, as well as crusty, opinionated and contradictory. But listening to him recount his adventures... is another matter. He can make you forget to eat, this man. The San Francisco Chronicle Reading Theroux may make you cancel your plane tickets and settle in at home instead for a great read. The sometime novelist is at his most masterful with DARK STAR SAFARI. (A) Entertainment Weekly Armchair travelers will wish the book went on twice as long -- and that is something, considering that the book runs more than 400 pages. This is a masterwork by a master writer. Minneapolis Star-Tribune Paul Theroux. Travel. Africa. You need a better reason to read? The San Diego Union-Tribune The next best thing to going to Africa is to read (compulsively) this account by Paul Theroux of his overland expedition from Cairo to Capetown. Boston Herald [Theroux] is at his writerly best when conveying the beauty and wonder of Africa. The Miami Herald A gritty lesson in history, politics, aid relief and tourism; a middle-aged man's meditation on life and travel; and, above all, a masterpiece of observations that makes sense of senseless chaos and staggering wonder. Readers will be glad Therous made the trip. Town and Country DAR