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"Theroux is at his best when he tells their stories, happy and sad...Theroux’s great mission had always been to transport us beyond that reading chair, to challenge himself—and thus, to challenge us." —Boston Globe"If this book is proof, age has not slowed Theroux or encouraged him to rest on his achievements…Gutsy, alert to Africa's struggles, its injustices and history." —San Francisco Chronicle "Everything is under scrutiny in Paul Theroux’s latest travel book—not just the people, landscapes and sociopolitical realities of the countries he visits, but his own motivations for going where he goes…His readers can only be grateful." —Seattle Times "A rich story often laced with irony, the work of a keen observer, full of colorful encounters…Ever the astute questioner, ever the curious reporter, ever a forthright witness to history and the dilemma of the oppressed, alert to political thuggery, he chronicles the crises facing the sub-Sahara." —New York Journal of Books "Theroux takes you on a rocky safari across infringed wilds, disenfranchised poverty and coven luxury. He introduces you to a boil of angry indigenous peoples and unsettled migrants you won’t meet on an itinerary tour....Go on, turn the first few pages. Then I dare you to put it down." —Charleston Post-Courier "As in the best of his many books, Theroux convincingly takes you along for every manic bus ride. His wonderment is yours, whether he’s contemplating eating a flyblown leg of chicken, dealing with a ferocious Angolan border guard, or deciding that this time, he’s had quite enough. It’s a remarkable, teeth-gritting tale" —Everett Potter "His ability to map new terrain, both interior and exterior, and to report from places that seldom make the news, remains undiminished." —Booklist ( starred review) "Theroux’s prose is as vividly descriptive and atmospheric as ever and, though a bit curmudgeonly, he’s still wide open to raw, painful interactions between his psyche and his surroundings." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) "In this intensely personal book, Theroux honestly confronts racism, stigma, privilege and expectations...Reading this enlightening book won’t only open a window into Theroux’s mind, it will also impart a deeper understanding of Africa and travel in general." —Kirkus (starred review)
Paul Theroux is my favorite travel writer so this was a tough one to read.
If you like reading about the way other people live this book will be of interest, and especially if you have been, or intend to go, to Africa.
There is so much to this book that like travel itself, it must be experienced to gain the full realization!
The most frequent refrain in this joyless book is a question that the author periodically asks himself: "What am I doing here? Read morePublished 1 month ago by email@example.com
As a long time Theroux fan, this book did not disappoint. Theroux is his same old no-holds-barred sardonic self. He calls it like he sees it and like it is. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sinecure
Theroux's travel writing has only improved with age. And it's always been exceptional. I was glued to this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by tolarjev
Paul Theroux believes in writing what he sees so that takes him on a trip from South Africa up through Angola on buses and hired cars. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aunty Glory
After reading Dark Star Safari last month, I wanted to read more of Theroux’s travel memoirs. The choice was easy as I wanted to continue reading about his journey from where he... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bryan
I admit, I have read many of Theroux's books and although recognizing his negative look at many of these places that he travels through I still find his thoughts about these... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tim Johnson
Well written, engaging experiences are clearly described.Published 3 months ago by Christian Pouchet