Publisher description for Dark star safari : overland from Cairo to Cape Town / Paul Theroux.


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Counter A rich and insightful travel book in the tradition that made Paul Theroux's reputation, Dark Star Safari takes us the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, forgotten train, and rusting steamer. Theroux confronts delay, discomfort, bullets, and bad food while encountering a remarkable mix of places and people. Beginning in Cairo and ending in Cape Town, he goes on the ultimate safari to the true heart of Africa, not the lavish game parks with overfed guests but the small villages of the bush and the filthy chaotic cities that define this forgotten continent.
No one is more qualified than Paul Theroux to undertake the vast task of describing Africa. He got his start as a writer in Africa nearly forty years ago when he taught in the Peace Corps in Malawi and at Makerere University in Uganda. Now he returns to find countries in the throes of corruption and poverty. Able to strike up a conversation with anyone, Theroux is the perfect guide: keenly observant, wry, entertaining, and wise. We encounter villagers, farmers, bureaucrats, political figures, white settlers, smug tourists, and aid workers, each with a distinctive point of view. And he is willing to try just about anything, from camping in the Sudanese desert to riding over unspeakably bad roads on the back of a flatbed truck. When it breaks down at dusk, Theroux rustles up a dinner of freshly killed chicken and more conversation.
The first account of a single trip since his bestseller The Pillars of Hercules, Dark Star Safari conveys all the vast contrasts and the glory and misery of Africa and is Paul Theroux at his very best.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Africa Description and travel