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The African Queen (Penguin Books) Paperback – 1956

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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books in association with M. Joseph (1956)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140011129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140011128
  • ASIN: B0000CJB44
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,228,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The film of this famous love and adventure story which starred Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart became one of the most popular films ever made. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Cecil Scott Forester was born in 1899 in Cairo and educated in England. He went to Hollywood during the opening years of World War II to help write and produce 'propaganda' films that would convince U.S. filmgoers that the they should take the side of the British and Allies in the War, which led to such films as Eagle Squadron (1941). He is most famous for his celebrated Hornblower series. He died in 1966. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Officer Dibble VINE VOICE on 18 Aug. 2013
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The story is well known. What surprised me most is the sexual frisson that Forester instils in the book from the first page. Rose is the sister of a missionary and it is a position she quickly adopts in her liberating journey with her Cockney 'beast of burden' down the Ulanga River.

Charlie Allnutt readily becomes the quiescent tool in Rose's wish to strike a blow for freedom and revenge against the German 'navy' in First World War East Africa. He would 'sooner be guided and driven' than take the lead but this is contrary to what Rose expects from the 'godlike...superior sex'. Their journey allows them to work out a relationship which satisfies their expectations of each other.

The narrative drags you in. Their are several set-piece sections which are great fun to read and allow you to forget the iffy cockney accent. Charlie progresses from a weak character who is ready to admit his cowardice only to himself and flourishes under the manipulative, stout hearted Rose. She 'comes into flower' on a liberating jouney of self-discovery and sexual release.

All great fun and hugely readable until we get to the denouement. No further spoiler comment but that's why it's four stars not five.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie on 30 Dec. 2013
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This has been my personal favourite film for many years. I was quite surprised to find that the film has taken liberties with the original story by Forester. However the book has now become a favourite in its own right
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By johnny reggae on 8 July 2014
I could see the original cast in this book and at least Humphry Bogart didn't try to become a Dick Van Dyke cockney. The ending was good; not like the film. I tried hard to find this edition as most appeared to be remakes of the film and I wanted the original story and it was worth it.
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This is a rip-roaring adventure story, unusually told through the eyes of a woman.

It is well-written and elaborately detailed, both in its engineering and navigational details (keeping the African Queen, a small river launch afloat) and in describing the journey down the rapids and through the mangrove swamps to Lake Wittelsbach in German Central Africa, where the intention is to sink the Konigin Luisa, a German "battleship", at the beginning of the First World War. You can feel the heat, the insect bites, the passion, the malaria and the disappointments as they occur.

It is an exciting and plausible adventure, as well as an unlikely love story, with an ending less impressive than the film.

A minor classic which does not deserve to be out-of-print.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Wooldridge on 16 Dec. 2014
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Having seen the film lots of times, I thought I better read the book. It is one of the few books that is as visually exciting as the film is, through the dialogue and descriptions. Wish I'd read it 50 years ago, a true classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Lacey on 5 May 2014
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Purchased by husband who thoroughly enjoyed this book, he stated it is different from the movie but it was a good tale
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John on 9 Nov. 2013
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This is a Classic iconic top notch delight to watch master piece, a must for all
One of Bogarts best Films
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By mayanguy on 5 July 2015
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This has been a revelation. I have never bothered to read it before as I enjoyed the film so much. Usually books very seldom bear great resemblance once transferred to film. Apart from Charlie Alnutt being a cockney something I will not be able to erase from my memory the next time I watch Humphrey Bogart. Katherine Hepburn as Rosie was a neat piece of casting. This book will certainly be re read.
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