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Travels into the Interior of Africa Paperback – 26 Sep 2003

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One of the greatest and most respected explorers the world has known, a man of infinite courage and lofty principles -- E W Bovill, Niger Explored

One of the most gripping adventure stories in the English language. -- Dervla Murphy, Daily Telegraph

One of the most lively and inspirational accounts of the exploration of Africa. -- Michael Palin

What amazing reading these diaries make today! -- Roy Kerridge, Tatler

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One of the greatist books on the exploration of Africa 8 May 2010
By Paul I. Dukel Jr. - Published on
Format: Paperback
Personally, I don't like Amazon's 5 star rating system, in my opinion too many people rate books 5 star, which in my mind would be a book 100% perfect in every category. To me this is practically unattainable. So I give this book a 5 star rating with reservations, I would prefer a 4 3/4 rating if this were possible. There should be a 7 star rating system, with 7 stars being practically unattainable.
Having said this, this is the greatest work of travel and exploration I have ever read. And I have read the greatest, all the African greats; Burton, Baker, Stanley, Livingston, Mary Kingsley & etc., etc. Also the North American giants; Lewis & Clark, Champlain, La Salle, Jedediah Smith and the rest; and most of the South Americans of fame, Spruce, Bates, Humbolt, Dr. Richard Schultes And last but not least the the Asian explorers, such as Doughty, Thessiger, Hedin and many more. I say this so you know where I'm coming from. But "Travels into the Interior of Africa" by Mungo Park is my favorite. Read it and you may agree with me, I don't know why this book is so ignored, especially after reading so many rave reviews on Amazon on Mary Kingsley's, "Travels in West Africa" {but she deserves it}.There are heart touching as well as humorous scenes in this book especially in his encounters with African women. Park's courage, perseverance, humility, humanity and his empathy for the African peoples he encounters as well as his informative account of the exotic makes this book a great read. The "good, the bad, and the ugly" are all here, and it is written in a straightforward and manly style.To me he was truly one of the greatest explorers of all times!
The "Eland" edition I have is of fairly good quality, but overpriced.
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