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The Last Train to Zona Verde : My Ultimate African Safari
The world's most acclaimed travel writer takes us on a final African journey, from Cape Town to Angola. "Happy again, back in the kingdom of light," writes Theroux as he sets out on a new journey though the continent he knows and loves best. He first came to Africa as a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer. Now he returns, after fifty years on the road, to explore the little-traveled territory of western Africa and to take stock of both the place and himself. His odyssey takes him overland from Cape Town through Cape Province of South Africa, then to Namibia, where he realizes an old dream of visiting the San People (Bushmen) in the far northeast. In Botswana he enjoys an amazing elephant-back safari before venturing back through the north of Namibia into Angola, almost to the Congo. After 2,500 arduous miles through the bush, he comes to the end of his journey in more ways than one, a decision he chronicles with typical irascible honesty in a chapter called "What Am I Doing Here?" This is a fitting final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of readers.
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1 . Theroux
Posted July 09, 2013 by Roselyn , MiamiTheroux started out as a Peace Corp volunteer in Africa, teaching in schools there for six years so he already knew the place but it has changed. He is seeing the country side empty creating massive slums on the edge of towns. He is appalled by the conditions while the politicians bilk the resources of the mineral rich countries and live luxurious lives. This is one of his most poignant travelogues and is one not to miss.
2 . Paul Theroux
Posted July 08, 2013 by Juliette , BrisbanePaul Theroux is my favorite travel writer so this was a tough one to read. Though he has toured Africa many times before, he muses that this may be his last and that alone was a sad thing to read. The subject matter was also heart rending in its detail of crushing soul destroying poverty. The greed of the dictators running the countries he traveled was also very sad to read. All and all a sad book but touching.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
May 06, 2013
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