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on 8 August 2017
Interesting, but quite heavy going – not helped by the poor checking of what is presumably the output of an Optical Character Recognition program: the reader has to try and make sense of sentences with superfluous commas and inappropriate words: “but” where “hut” would make more sense; similarly “nest” instead of “next”; and “foul hours” must surely be “four hours”! Eventually I gave up keeping track of the mistakes! The language is very Victorian and there are numerous local words and local tribal names in the narration, so the Kindle dictionary is often unable to identify which are typos! However there is at least one poem and one table that have not been properly arranged, and there are no diagrams although mentioned in the text.
Probably an account of some interest to historians or geographers but to a layman the weeks of marching through jungle are a bit monotonous, despite having admiration for Stanley's perseverance.
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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 17 July 2017
Long, detailed, over-descriptive and fascinating. Illustrated well the limits of knowledge at the time.
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on 29 April 2018
Excellent !
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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 27 April 2017
Very pleasurable read very informative on what these explorers had to endure
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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 30 June 2016
Basically, this version of the book is just an A4 print of the text, without any map or illustration. If i printed it myself, taken from one of the available pdf versions online, i would have obtained a better product. No formatting, no illustrations, no text... Really unacceptable!!
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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 5 May 2017
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