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On Foot Through Africa [Paperback]

Ffyona Campbell
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5 Jun 1995
By far the hardest stage of Ffyona Campbell's world walk.It also tells how she found peace within herself & how each evening her campsite became a home when she fell in love with one of her drivers.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (5 Jun 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857978137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857978131
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Africa: from the inside out 16 July 2009
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This was a very good book, impressive as it's such a simple concept really but the reality of pulling it off makes for a interesting adventure!

There were some bits that had me glued to the page, I almost missed my train stop on occasions - the parts where she wasn't sure if she would get authority to get into parts of the country, pulling off key coordinations by the skin of her teeth, the relationships she formed and the general group dynamics...but other parts that really just plodded and it almost felt like she had to included it to make a point of getting a rounded story (items included for the trips, waiting points etc), if at the sacrifice of novel's pacing.

Some parts really were annoying, I felt her attitude to the trip was often very western; 'we went out and got smashed'. It seems often that she could not truly get to the heart of Africa: there was something very overpowering about her own personal agenda and drive for 'her walk' and her implied background psychology and reasons for doing it, I found it kept her (and thus the reader) zoned out from what was happening around her. Her often ballsy, stroppy attitude came out with sarky, catty comments were just irritating and unnecessary. There were also points where it was clear she didn't have the literary skill to actually describe how it changed her 'it was private and could not be described'. That doesn't really engage the reader. And other points I really felt like she missed out really important parts because she just wouldn't bear her soul about it, a major anti climax.

That seems like I ripped the book apart right there but there really are some class moments in this book that really make the slog worth it, and some interesting philisophical concepts that you can take away with you...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable woman!! 2 April 2005
On Foot Through Africa is a journal of part of Ffyona Campbell's round the world walk; this book covers from South Africa to Morocco beginning with her struggle to get any sponsorship and ending with her triumphant run down to the sea.
Ffyona's descriptions of the African countries that she passes though are awe-inspiring, but some of the actions of the people she encounters are quite shocking. Their attitudes, particularly to lone women, were alien and disappointing to me and I found the 'donnez-moi un cadeau' episodes, the result of decades of western aid, disturbing.
What shines through this story is Ffyona's selfish determination to achive her goal. This is not meant as a slur as she could not have made it to Morocco otherwise. Reading of this remarkable woman who walked 40 to 50 miles daily, while being ill, and in the constant African heat was quite humbling for me, someone who is practically surgically attached to her car!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT 11 Jun 2000
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If you want to read an honestly written book that doesn't pull any punches then get this one.
I saw Ffyona Campbell on the TV news when she finished her walk through Africa and remember my mum saying that "she must be ignorant because she ignored some of the children who were waiting to speak to her ". After reading the book you start to realise that she has to focus entirely on her goal and not be waylaid if possible.
How else would someone who was very ill walk 40-50 miles every single day ?
She has my respect and admiration
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This is an amazing story of courage and determination and I have truly been inspired. I read this while on holiday in The Gambia and it made me realise what an awe-inspiring landscape I was surrounded by and what an amazing woman she is. She is also a very good writer and I was captivated from beginning to end. I shall be ordering Feet of Clay and The Whole Story - I am desperate to find out how she got on with her record breaking walk attempt. Highly recommended for an insight into Africa and a demonstration of true human courage.
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