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The Zanzibar Chest: A Story of Life, Love, and Death in Foreign Lands Hardcover – 1 Jul 2003
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"A lyrical, searing memoir...Hartley has fashioned a mesmerizing story of pain and loss."
"The finest account of a war correspondent''s psychic wracking since Michael Herr''s Dispatches"--Rian Malan
"The finest account of a war correspondent's psychic wracking since Michael Herr's Dispatches"Rian Malan" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Aidan Hartley is a brilliant young writer in the style of award-winners Dalrymple, Maclean and Marsden.
* Shortlisted for the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction.
* This book is a spiritual memoir, a fascinating travel journal and a work of riveting history - a non fiction The English Patient.
* Includes an informative and fascinating PS section with an author profile and essay by Hartley's fellow journalist in Africa, Johnathan Clayton. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Of the three stories, his own, as a sometimes brutally honest and frequently hilarious account of his journalistic work is the most interesting and it appears the subject matter he is most comfortable with. However the concurrent Davey story, and the author’s seeming need to reconcile himself with his vastly elevated father-figure, whose affirmation appears still being sought from the pages of this memoir long after the man's death, definitely make this a more interesting read.
Aside from the above, Hartley, like many others who witnessed so much carnage through the 90’s, appears still haunted by the horror. This is not shied away from, rather used as a stick to beat the reader over the head in its extraordinary descriptiveness. From the beer, prostitute and drug soaked nightlife of Nairobi’s underbelly, to the shocking descriptions of some of the cruellest acts ever committed on this planet, to the gentle stories of love and families trying to survive each other, Aidan Hartley takes the reader with him.
This is a sometimes complex story that twists and turns, hauls you in then spits you back out again, but always engages you as it makes its way towards its conclusion, and it seems, some well earned peace for its author.
Its fantastic.... buy it!
The fact of the Africa presented in the book is extreme and partial - it is about horror in Somalia and Rwanda. At times it becomes a concatenation of press reporting. It is entirely narrative history in which Hartley provides no interpretation or analysis. This is surprising and disappointing for someone of his intellectual capacity (Oxford and the School of Oriental and African Studies).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
fantastic - an epic story of Africa. A dedicated story of especially wars on the continent and it points out what challenges Africa has to overcome in the futurePublished 17 months ago by kim Lunding
This book's pages were so brown that it was unreadable. Even charity shops didn't want it. The book was described as 'good. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2014 by Gillian D.
Enjoyed the intertwining of family history and personal experiences in central Africa. Fast pace but also the author shows professional detachment from what he saw - as he says,... Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2014 by S. Heptonstall
Really entertaining and interresting memoir of the author's experiences living and working in Africa. Read morePublished on 22 April 2014 by Nico
Classic, absolutely classic memoir of a very fulfilled life. Part of the narrative was as good as the 'Heart of Darkness'. Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2013 by Manto