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In Search of South Africa [Hardcover]

H.V. Morton
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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen & Co.; First Edition edition (1948)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00271IGYW
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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H V Morton describes, over ten chapters, his first visit to the Union of South Africa and his journey from Cape Town, through the Cape Province into Natal, Zululand and the two northern provinces of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal up to the Victoria Falls in Rhodesia. "While I was in the Union of South Africa I was constantly reminded of the classical world, in which illusion I was assisted by the clarity of the air and the architecture of Sir Herbert Baker. It seemed strange to me, as indeed it still does, that a part of the earth which the Greeks and the people of the Hellenistic world would have adored, and the Romans have found so profitable, should have remained concealed from them." A hitherto unpublished letter of Winston S. Chruchill which he left on his bed the night he escaped from prison in Pretoria in December 1899 is reproduced and seventeen monochrome photographs (by James Jarché of Odham's Press, his wife, Mary Morton and South African Railways) two maps, a bibliography and an index are also included, with the dust-jacket illustrated by J Van Rensburg. First simultaneously published in hardback by Methuen in London in 1948, Hicks, Smith and Wright in Melbourne, S. J. Reginald Saunders & Co. Ltd in Toronto, and, Dodd, Mead in New York. Reprinted frequently and reissued in paperback as a print-on-demand facsimile in 2006 by Read Books with ISBN 1406796654

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, informative and still relevant 11 Dec 2008
Unlike some contemporary travel books, this one reads like a well crafted story, while at the same time, despite its age, still being very informative. I really enjoyed reading it on the various trains I took when I visited South Africa and it strongly influenced my choice of route and stops. What was surprising was how some of the landscape photos were identical to what I saw from the same vantage points; change is still slow in South Africa...
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