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Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown

 
 
 
 
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown
Author: Paul Theroux
ISBN 13: 9780618446872
ISBN 10: 618446877
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: 2004-04-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 496
List Price: $16.95
 
 

In Dark Star Safari the wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, he endures danger, delay, and dismaying circumstances.
Gauging the state of affairs, he talks to Africans, aid workers, missionaries, and tourists. What results is an insightful meditation on the history, politics, and beauty of Africa and its people, and "a vivid portrayal of the secret sweetness, the hidden vitality, and the long-patient hope that lies just beneath the surface" (Rocky Mountain News). In a new postscript, Theroux recounts the dramatic events of a return to Africa to visit Zimbabwe.

The Washington Post

Theroux is best at shorthand dissections of trends that have already become obvious. In no other book will one find such entertaining and penetrating comments about the ironies, as well as the historic failure, of foreign aid. — Robert D. Kaplan