The Lunatic Express : An Entertainment in Imperialism
"The Lunatic Express" is the saga of the turbulent international race for the mastery and development of an immense region of East Africa that all but visionaries thought worthless. It is the narrative of the building of the Mombasa-Nairobi-Lake Victoria Railway itself - the colossal six-year enterprise that was to cost #5,000,000 and countless lives, from derailments, collisions, disease, tribal raids and the assaults of wild animals. It is a diorama of an earlier Africa of slave and ivory empires, of sultans and tribal monarchs and the vast lands that they ruled. Above all, it is the story of the white intruders whose combination of avarice, honour and tenacious courage made them a breed apart.
- Paperback | 576 pages
- 124.46 x 195.58 x 40.64mm | 408.23g
- 28 Feb 2002
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
- b&w illustrations
About Charles Miller
Charles Miller is a New York journalist who has made countless trips through Africa.
Table of contents
Part 1 Flute out of tune: ivory, apes and Owen; Balozi behind the throne; the Elmoran and the optimist; crescent, cross and Kabaka; a bathtub for Dr. Peters; the making of a proconsul; "cries of 'Oh!'". Part 2 The lunatic express: slow freight to Armageddon; the bridge over the river Tsavo; the four horsemen and the iron snake. Part 3 The right sort: super-squire; white knight to black pawn; happy valley.