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  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (15 Jun. 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1440089418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440089411
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,558,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mungo Park was born on 10 September 1771, at Foulshiels, Scotland. He excelled academically, studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh. His first major contribution was to be in the field of natural science, discovering eight new species of fish off Sumatra. His travels in Africa however, and his courageous attempts to map the course of the Niger river sealed his place in history. Many conflicting reports exist regarding Park's death, but it is generally accepted to have been in January 1806, on the Niger. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2004
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This book is Mungo Park's account of his journey into the interior of Africa, at a time (1795) when due to disease, etc. it was pretty much inaccessible to Europeans. I was grabbed from the first chapter which describes his entry into an exotic and alien land. The book tells how he had his possessions and even his clothing stolen, how he was imprisoned by the Moors and somehow found the strength and courage to keep going and eventually returned to Britain. The book does not dwell on his hardships unduly, however, but also describes the people he meets and their daily life and the environment in which they live. Generally his tone is detached and non-judgemental with regard to both Africans and Europeans alike (with the noticeable exception of the Moors). At the end of the book, the sad details of Park's second journey to Africa are also included. I had to read this for an Open University course, and I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity, as this is the best travel book I have ever read.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By I. M. Carr on 10 Aug. 2004
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The book was written just after 1797 and so does not flow like a modern book, but it is an amazing story and if you read between the lines it gives a great insight in to western Africa before the westerns changed things for ever.
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A story of a 24 year old Scotsman, who was recruited to explore the source and direction of flow of the River Niger, by the well known scientist, Sir Joseph Banks of the African Association. This was in 1794 at the time when the slave abolition movement was gathering momentum. I knew Park carried out what was an epic voyage of discovery and later died in Africa before the age of 30 but in circumtances that are still uncertain. Much has been written about him but he never achieved the status of other great African explorers from Britain such as Livingstone, Stanley and Burton. This is supposedly Park's own words and he emerges as a remarkably resourceful and brave young man with an empathy for the people he meets on his journey. It is clear that someone has edtited his chapters especially those relating to slavery that was far more widespread than many of us realise. It is a story that deserves to be re-visited at this time when there is interest again in Britain's role in the slave trade and the Abolition Act, as well as our role as Empire builders in the Victorian era.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr S. S. Nagi TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Sept. 2008
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This book has 388 pages,8 B/W drawings and no maps. Park was born in Selkirk, Scotland in 1771. After qualifying as a surgeon from Edinburgh Medical School, he went to sumatra. He was sent to Gambia on 22.5 1795. On 2.12.1795, he travels to the interior and was detained for 2 months. He is robbed by the moors and treated badly because he was a stranger, unprotected and a christian.
He finds river Niger flowing eastwards towards the rising Sun. After loosing his provisions, he decides to go homewards. He gets fever and is laid for 5 weeks. On 10 th June he arrives back in Pasania and takes off his beard. On 17th june, he embarks on an american ship "Charlestown". The ship doctor dies and Park resumes his role. From Antigua ,he travels to England and arrives on 22.12.1797. He travels to Scotland, writes his journals and marries on 2.8.1799.
In 1803, Park is requested by Colonial office to go back to Africa. On 30.1.1805, he starts his 2nd journey to west Africa. Because of the rainy season, most of his soldiers die of fever and dysentry. Park is attacked in his canoe, jumps into the river and drowns.
It is an excellent story of courage, suffering and expedition. Having born in Kenya,I would reccomend this beautiful book.
Read and ENJOY.
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By D. Davies on 20 Jan. 2010
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This diary of Mungo's venture into the interior of Africa is a joy to read.

His voice is suprisingly modern, not at all what I expected. The work bridges the centuries in a way that is reminiscent of that of Boswell's London diaries.

It is a rare chance to share in the exploration of a new, and then, undiscovered continent.

Buy this book!
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A great book, which is simultaneously a fantastic adventure and insightful anthropological study. I would certainly recommend it to anyone interested in West African culture and/or who is planning to travel in Senegal, Mali or Mauritania. Particularly fascinating is the comparison between the Mali of 200 years ago and that of today.
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I had read of Mungo Park many years ago, but lost the book, so decided to buy this one. His description of events thru-out his travels in Africa are amazing and written in his spoken English language that is all but forgotten. I definitely recommend this book to anyone with a sense of adventure.
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