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4.0 out of 5 stars Searching for misery ...., 10 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town (Paperback)
I began this book on a trip to Uganda ... and finished it a month later when I returned to Africa on a trip to Ethiopia and South Africa. Paul captures Africa in ways that makes the book so enjoyable. I have already been to most of the countries he covered, and was amused at how well he captured the sights, smells and dynamics of the people and places. I look at Africa as Henderson The Rain King, in search for my inner self, and perhaps this is what I missed in Paul's book; he was only in search of a book to write.
I reached the end of the book also annoyed at his constant attacking of the "agents of virtue" only to find that in his last stretch he too became very much bothered with the constant nagging for change (and favours)....
To me it is obvious that he selected his experiences in a way to bring out the hardship he went through (which he chose to go through) and in places where he obviously stayed at a good hotel (as in Harare) he is silent on the matter, as if it wouldn't have been correct or might have set the wrong tone. I think in a way having been shot at in Northeastern Kenya provided him with a pedestal to elevate his quest as supernatural.
For Africa lovers definitely worth reading, for those that need to understand Africa there are books less biased.
Karibu
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Initial post: 16 Oct 2009 20:39:51 BDT
siocoilldara says:
Totally agree, just finishing the book myself

Posted on 16 Oct 2009 20:40:33 BDT
siocoilldara says:
Totally agree, just finishing the book myself

Posted on 25 May 2012 16:58:27 BDT
Ai xia says:
why give it 4 stars then?

Posted on 2 Jan 2015 23:42:37 GMT
Those ignorant of the history of South Africa and Afrikaans (a language Theroux thought fit to ridicule) would be unaware of the multiple errors in this book. Nothing Theroux says about these topics can be relied upon. His ignorance is only of value in so far as as it points to the dangers of arrogance.
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