Chasing the Devil: On Foot Through Africa's Killing Fields Paperback – 28 Apr 2011
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"This adventurous book, in the footsteps of Graham Greene, in many ways goes deeper than Greene, and shows the enduring beauty and danger in Sierra Leone and Liberia"--Paul Theroux
"Intrepid traveller, Tim Butcher, dares to venture into Africa’s dark heart where he records, with perceptive eye and polished pen, the other world he finds there. If Africa interests you, then this book will fascinate you"--Wilbur Smith
"Amazing. As history, as anthropology, as a ripping yarn. Both exploration of an epic journey--and a hard yet sympathetic look at a Utopia-gone wrong"--Anthony Bourdain
"Butcher's research, combined with the inescapable fact that not a lot is widely known in the west about the place, makes for a fairly entertaining read as the author, his companion and two guides stay faithful to Greene's trek, hacking and plodding along this 350-mile path. This is a well-written account of an unusual adventure, even if the "killing fields" seem a long way away"--The Sunday Business Post
"Butcher's travelogue is a mix of nervous adventuring through a landscape littered with shell casings, and historical assessment peppered with Greeniana. Sobering and illuminating."--James Urquhart, Financial Times
"A multi-layered and thought-provoking account of the attractions of danger and his encounters with the devastation of ritual violence, child soldiers, blood diamonds and the "devil" guarding remote jungle communities."--Aimee Shalan, Guardian
The bestselling author of Blood River is back with a second thrilling adventure, illuminating the war-torn, complex and forbidding region of Sierra Leone and LiberiaSee all Product Description
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As much as we may consider the author a little mad-cap for taking on such a trip - following in Graham Greene's footsteps in Sierra Leone and Liberia from his book Journey Without Maps - we are grateful again to Mr Butcher for shining a light upon the dark continent.
Chasing The Devil is informative and entertaining.
Having been disappointed by Graham Greene’s Journey Without Maps, it was perhaps a strange decision to read an account of someone retracing his footsteps nearly three quarters of a century later, but I am delighted with my choice.
Mr Butcher’s is a far more engaging travelogue, poignantly highlighting the frailty of life, the detachment of remote communities and the strong draw of traditional briefs over modern life.
His observations, descriptions and historical perspective vividly bring lives less ordinary into perspective, while the narrative transports his exploits into life.
If you like your adventure travel served up with ancient spirits, corruption, a hint of menace, and a sense of hope, then this is your read. It has it all – and more – and I thoroughly enjoyed my journey with him.
The author is both courageous for taking on the dangerous nature of the journey, but so too Tim Butcher writes about Africa in a courageous way, free from political correctness and sentimentality about the continent's past and future.
A gripping book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Would be fascinated to know what the author makes of the impact of the Ebola crisis which post dates the book, really tragic given that they might just have been getting back on... Read morePublished 6 months ago by arg1272
Brilliant book, very well written. Maintains his previous high standards.Published 7 months ago by Graeme Wilkinson
Excellent and very clearly written. Good insight into thid psrt of AfricaPublished 9 months ago by middy
A disappointing book written in the judgemental style of a newspaper reporter. The two main threads running through the yarn are the previous trip made by Graham Greene and the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by mr n marsh
Definitely good read, but not as good as Blood River. It seemed to flounder a bit at the start.Published 18 months ago by Dani
Tim Butcher. Excellent.
Chasing The Devil.
This is a real life story set in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Read more
Just as the author was pleased his journey was over I was just as pleased when I found I'd finished the book! The Search for Africa's Fighting Spirit? Read morePublished 19 months ago by Camborne