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on 23 October 2007
A long book with 583 pages, pictures and old map, which find reading impossible even with a magnifying lens!" The story speaks of fevers,relates dangers, little joys, annoyances and pleasures, as they occured".It is amazing how Stanley remembers all names of rivers, mountains, tribles, sheikhs,crops and areas.
It also shows that old Tanganyika was well advanced in crops, food,fields than old Kenya in the 1870's.Stanley and his men suffer from fever, smallpox, infections, bites, attacks and not many servive searching for Livingstone.Stanley travels from Bagamoyo om 23.3.1871 westwards towards Lake Tanganyika to Ujiji. Even has battle with Mirambo.
Finally, he meets Livingstone with a well known phrase'DR LIVINGSTONE,I PRESUME'.He then travels with the Doctor for 5 months and confirms that river Rusizi flows INTO Lake Tanganyika from the north.Livingstone refuses to go home or to the coast, but travels with Stanley to Tabora for his supplies.
Leaving Livingstone on 14.3.1872, Stanley tavels to the coast, taking his letter of proof and Livingstones papers.Livingstone wants to go north to search the source of the Nile.On 6.5.1872,Stanley arrives at the coast and meets Livingstone's son Oswell, who changes his mind to go and help his father with supplies.
On 27.8.1872, the foreign office writes to Stanley on his arrival in England,stating Queen Victoria's thanks for reporting on Livingstone.
The story is as fresh today 2007 as it was when written in 1872. Read it and enjoy.
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on 4 July 2005
I really enjoyed reading this book, although, I must admit it is not an easy read. I am not a native speaker of English and sometimes found the narrative a bit hard to follow. It should also be noted that the book is written in a different time and is accordingly not as fast paced as one would nowadays expect it.
Altogether though, it is a great piece of literature that provides increadible insights into the hardships of travel in Africa, into the minds of the colonial explorers and into political organisation of Africa at the time. I can only recommend it.
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on 29 July 2011
This fascinating account of Stanley's blythe effort is a revelation as to how it was on sfari in the late 1800's. It is hilarious at times - he went game shooting in the dense bush wearing only flannel pyjamas ,boots and pith helmet ?The big game hunters of the 1800's often just went naked with only a hat on and boots. For someone who was a greenhorn at travelling in the bush he did amazingly well but of course often got taken for a ride. Personally I find it hard to put down but it does help having lived and done safaris myself there even back in the 50's. Stanley was so naiive which is probably how he survived anyway.
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on 12 April 2013
Who wouldn't be delighted to find the public domain list of FREE classic literature. This is fantastic. All the titles I've always wanted to read and for free - this is my kind of kindle heaven. I love the way they arrive on your kindle, they're so quick, it's like magic. Thank you public domain!
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on 2 January 2016
I found it hard to put this book down. So beautifully written, the description alone takes your breath away. You cannot but help feel the hardship and deprivation Stanley had to endure in such hostile territory pregnant with danger from animals, tribes and the brute force of nature.
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on 22 March 2013
First saw an original copy of this in a charity shop at a high price! Went onto Amazon and found this re-print so bought it. Lovely to pick up and put down and pick up again to continue the adventure. Very interesting.
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on 17 July 2014
Very detailed, and perhaps not for someone who just wants a page-turning adventure yarn. It is gripping nevertheless and dispels many myths and inaccuracies previously attributed to Stanley. Couldn't put it down.
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on 9 July 2014
Good value for the price
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on 18 December 2013
A very interesting story spoiled by the use of unexplained words (some included too late in the glossary) and by excessive word "padding" Seems Stanley believed "never use one word where ten can be substituted"
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on 21 September 2014
I loved the book so much .
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