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Michael

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  • Dark Star Safari

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (58)

    Forty years ago, Paul Theroux first went to Africa as a teacher in the Malawi bush. Now, nearing 60, he returns to travel by train, canoe, bus, and cattle truck from one end of Africa to the other. From Cairo to Cape Town, what he finds is recorded in the style that has stamped Theroux as a master of the travelogue. His curiosity and intelligent observations help create an unforgettable portrait of the varied land that is Africa today.

    karen says: "One of the best"
    "All about Paul"
    Overall

    I have admired Theroux for a long time and find his stories about travel to really give you a sense of being there and a sense of what travelling is all about. However Dark Star was a real disappointmemt. In this story Theroux is focused solely on himself, the book is literally all about him. His expectations are not met on this trip and he lets you know. The welcome he hoped for did not happen. The Africa he knew in the peace core and in his teaching position seems to have decayed and he can not get over it.

    I had hoped to "see" Africa through his eyes. Instead I saw Theroux's bitter, inward turning self.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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