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Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

by Theroux, Paul

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  • Hardcover
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Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003. Later printing. 472 pp. Spine slightly cocked, page edges dusty, small top edge stain, light edgewear to jacket.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo.

Synopsis

In the travel-writing tradition that made Paul Theroux’s reputation, Dark Star Safari is a rich and insightful book whose itinerary is Africa, from Cairo to Cape Town: down the Nile, through Sudan and Ethiopia, to Kenya, Uganda, and ultimately to the tip of South Africa. Going by train, dugout canoe, “chicken bus,” and cattle truck, Theroux passes through some of the most beautiful — and often life-threatening — landscapes on earth. This is travel as discovery and also, in part, a sentimental journey. Almost forty years ago, Theroux first went to Africa as a teacher in the Malawi bush. Now he stops at his old school, sees former students, revisits his African friends. He finds astonishing, devastating changes wherever he goes. “Africa is materially more decrepit than it was when I first knew it,” he writes, “hungrier, poorer, less educated, more pessimistic, more corrupt, and you can’t tell the politicians from the witch doctors. Not that Africa is one place. It is an assortment of motley republics and seedy chiefdoms. I got sick, I got stranded, but I was never bored. In fact, my trip was a delight and a revelation.” Seeing firsthand what is happening across Africa, Theroux is as obsessively curious and wittily observant as always, and his readers will find themselves on an epic and enlightening journey. Dark Star Safari is one of his bravest and best books.

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Bookseller
Maya Jones Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
C5675
Title
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
Author
Theroux, Paul
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket condition
Very Good
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin
Place of Publication
Boston
Date published
2003
Bookseller catalogs
Travel; Africa;
Size
8vo

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Based in the Ortiz Mountains near the old mining towns of Madrid and Cerrillos New Mexico, we feature general stock with a specialty in Latin American art, history and archaeology.From early October until the end of May, please visit us at the El Museo Cultural Winter Market in the Santa Fe Railyard District. (www.elmuseoculturalwintermarket.org)

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