Horizon Fever: Explorer A E Filby's own account of his extraordinary expedition through Africa, 1931 - 1935 Kindle Edition
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- File size : 4683 KB
- Publication date : July 16, 2012
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 188 pages
- ASIN : B008M5O7PY
- Publisher : AntPress.org; 3rd edition (July 16, 2012)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #746,640 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What an adventurer Archie Filby was! His original writings and photographs tell an amazing story, of a time when someone with a little backing from home could make these (now seeming) outlandish plans for travel in an unmapped part of the world, and then just do it. I highlighted (in my kindle) a few passages which struck me as I read:
"The stretches of veldt - stone and boulder-strewn plains - mountains fading away in a blue haze in the distance - the change from almost white sand through all ranges of brown to a deep red - must be seen if you want to discover the lure of this part of South Africa" What description!
"As usual I was told that there was no direct road to Kumasi. Congo, however, assured me that he knew the way." Congo was a monkey! And there being no road was never an obstacle for Archie.
"I found two fully-grown lions observing my movements with flattering interest." Just another day at the campsite for Filby. This kind of stuff happened to him all the time.
I have recently read a lot of accounts of people's travels, but this trip was in an era when gentlemen adventurers could load up a very large car, have a splashy good-bye party that would be written up in a prominent newspaper and then hit the road ... for FIVE years.
An amazing time to travel. I'm grateful he kept a journal and Victoria Tweed found it.
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Undaunted by desert sands, swollen rivers or wild animals, inadequately equipped both financially and materially, depending upon the kindness and generosity of natives and expatriates along the way, he and his various travelling companions blithely pursue their journey.
Cunning and ingenuity enable them to overcome awkward bureaucrats, mechanical failures, collapsing bridges, illness and inhospitable terrain.
Mr Filby epitomises the intrepid English traveller at his best. His concise writing style moves the tale along at a rapid pace, and I frequently laughed out loud at his dry sense of humour as he recounts his adventures and misadventures.
A fine read for armchair travellers and everyone who appreciates tales of eccentricity and the British bulldog spirit.
It's is a fascinating read from a bygone age and Archie gets into many scrapes, which he somehow manages to extricate himself from. I particularly found it amusing to read that Archie's passport was stolen while in the early stage of his travels in Africa, but he carried on regardless through the next five countries, 'cos he was British.
I understand that there is enough material for another two books. I'm so looking forward to further reading of his other travels.