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If you've lived in Africa, you'll love reading Paul Theroux's account of his overland trip from Cairo to Capetown, off the beaten track.
Besides all that, the book is fascinating for Theroux's observations about people, history, and places, especially because he visits some very out-of-the way places.
The worst thing about this book is coming to the end and knowing that it will be years before Mr. Theroux decides, and actually does write another book like this.
Critical, cynical and long-winded. I had thought this might have been a good companion to take whilst back-packing South-East Africa but was mistaken. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Declan Berndt
He just tells about his experience. That is it. There is a bit of his personal social and political views stuck in there, which is more distracting than anything, no foundation... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Burton Adrian
This is a fast-reading commentary on life today in Africa, where corruption, disease, violence, and the devaluation of human life have resulted from the decimation of local... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert Fisher
I dread the day I run out of new Paul Theroux books to read. Dark Star Safari did not disappoint! His style of writing, which includes the good, the bad and the ugly, makes you... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Green Eric
I have read many Theroux books. This is as good or better than many. A look at Africa that a reader rarely gets. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SMB.
Thanks to this master of prose for giving us another trip through Africa. It is such a joy to read and learn at the same time.Published 2 months ago by dee horwitz
This is a fascinating account of one brave middle-aged man's journey from the north of Africa to the southern tip. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RetirementRocks
Perhaps I have rated this story of a remarkable journey lower than it deserves. Perhaps it is because as an African I am sad to see my continent through such negative experiences. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ChanelS
Everyone knows that Africa is comprised of many nations, and that it is a bad idea to lump all of them under the "continent" umbrella, yet that if often the case. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rachel Y. Thompson