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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a biography, July 11, 2003
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William Maudlin (Magna, UT United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Life and African Exploration of David Livingstone (Paperback)
This is an interesting book, with many quotations from the great explorer, including 100 or so pages of his last journal entries (with minimal and helpful editorial comments).
It has some fascinating comments from the anonymous author, including details regarding the Sahara's sub-marine past (existence, in the nineteenth century Sahara, of fossils of contemporary forms of marine life, and great areas of salt flats), and also later intimations of lost civilisations beneath the great desert's sands.
However, not all of the book's 640 pages, by any means, are direct quotes from the missionary/explorer, which I felt I was led to expect.
The book is, nevertheless, a fascinating volume originally published in 1874, just one year after Livingstone's death. It contains generous extracts from the associated writings of American journalist Stanley, and of contemporary explorers/hunters. It is, therefore, well worth the read and a good first volume for those interested in Livingstone and/or the Africa of his days. I was especially intrigued by the accounts of the various native tribes and native villages Livingstone met with. I also enjoyed reading of the geology, geography, and zoology of the continent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow, March 12, 2014
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I never realized the depth of what Davis Livingstone did until I read about him. it is soul wrenching and will keep your attention, to will come to know a man of God with feet on the ground.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The wonderdul ministry, testimony and explorations of David Livingston in Africa in the 18th century, February 4, 2013
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I wholeheartedly rate this book with 5 stars! David Livingston, through the reproduction of his diaries, drawings, maps and whatever else, has left us a wealth in detail of geographical and geological information as well as of botanic information and information about animals, serpents and insects and their habits. The book is also compiled in a professional way, and is a book that one can hardly lay down once having started reading it. It is a perfectly fascinating book in every way. I tried following as many of the geographical places as possible with my atlas as well as with the maps Dr. Livingston scetched, and was mostly successful. Some of the names of places have changed in the meantime, making it impossible to follow every single town, lake or river. He goes into detail in describing some humorous, as well as, dangerous situations. Among other things, he describes in detail how natives would perform the extremely dangerous job of killing a hippopotomus using men in canoes, and how he personally killed a huge bull elephant while riding a horse. Excellent!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, June 30, 2013
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A good historical perspective, but a slow read. Very detailed. I recommend it for anyone wanting to learn more about Africa.
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The Life and African Exploration of David Livingstone by David Livingstone (Paperback - May 28, 2002)
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