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Overland From Cairo to Cape Town

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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2003
Characteristics: 472 p. : maps ; 24 cm
ISBN: 0618134247
Call Number: 916.04 THEROUX

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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 maste... Read More »


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Barbarajean Nov 30, 2015

The most depressing book on Africa I have ever read, Mr Theroux has little good to say about the continent, but relishes the adventure of travelling there. Read this book and you'll never want to go there! It does make an interesting read though!!

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biblopa
Jul 22, 2013

Superb style, interesting topic. I fell in love with the author for his witty observations,sarcastic comments and interesting digressions. I will definitely seek some other of his works.

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Urbano
Oct 12, 2012

Excellent read. Did not want it to end.

brendanjon Apr 26, 2011

Just started this, but so far so good.

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sairen42
Nov 11, 2010

Toward the end of the book, Theroux writes how nice it would be if his writing could be used by someone as a reasonable substitute for having gone to a place, since it is much nicer to read about being insulted, poisoned, and shot at than to actually be there.
With me, he accomplished his goal. He expertly shows Africa at its best and at its worst, extolling hospitality and simple kindnesses, and heaping scorn upon the selfish or the "agents of virtue." Recommend to anyone who has interest in traveling to Africa, vicariously or otherwise.

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