Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux

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Gauging the state of affairs, he talks to Africans, aid workers, missionaries, and tourists. What results is an insightful mediation on the history, politics, and beauty of Africa and its people.

In a new postscript, Theroux recounts the dramatic events of a return to Africa to visit Zimbabwe.

Title : Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
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ISBN : 0618446877
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 485 pages


Jeff rated it ★★★★☆

July 15, 2016

Planes, trains and automobiles… …and a ferry; rickety, smelly mini-buses; a dugout canoe, taxis and a cattle truck. I give mad props to Theroux for humping it from Cairo to Cape Town at the age of 59, but this type of transport (he only used a plane once: to fly into Khartoum) would scare away the...

Caroline rated it ★★★★☆

May 20, 2015

Grrrrr! Oh how this man irritates yet enthrals me! I have just tramped down through Africa in the footsteps of Theroux, sighing and tsking, yet unable to put the book down. This man is a genius writer, yet so darn cantankerous, curmudgeonly and scathing that he made me want to throw the book on th...

Emily rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 29, 2007

WHY do I keep reading books by this man? For some unknown reason I assume that I'll garner some great knowledge form his books or be more amused than frustrated. Thus far: not. Instead I'm annoyed by his arrogance and his assumption that he's different from other white people in Africa because he...

AC rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 2013

This was my first Theroux and, on finishing it, I couldn’t fully judge of the tone of a book that was written near what will likely be the end of his career, after a certain cynicism has taken root. Since then, I’ve read The Great Railway Bazaar (his first travel book) and now a good chunk of Gho...

Steph rated it ★★★★☆

August 23, 2007

This book was a great read for a student of international development/relations. I understand the author's cynicism, admire his risktaking, and appreciate his insight into the impact of decades of foreign intervention in Africa. I didn't feel he was overly arrogant for a journey of this depth and...

Jody rated it ★★★☆☆

March 10, 2009

Theroux is a pompous ass. A just-compelling-enough pompous ass.

Daren rated it ★★★★★

November 18, 2016

For me this is the best Paul Theroux that I have read. It was better (in my opinion) that his other travel non fiction (The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia, The Old Patagonian Express, Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China), and I think there are a couple of reasons. Firstly,...

David rated it ★★★★☆

May 15, 2015

A trek through the heart of Modern Africa 16 May 2015 Well, I have already written three blogposts worth of thoughts on this really interesting book, however I will simply touch on a few more important points for those of you who don't have the time (or the inclination) to read through what I have...

W rated it ★★★★★

August 24, 2007

"Safari," in Swahili means "journey," and is Theroux’s reason for returning to Africa: to escape a life usurped by schedules, appointments, e-mails and cell phones. After 40 years, Paul Theroux returns to Africa where he began writing. At 60, no one has so conquered the genre like Theroux. But th...

WarpDrive rated it ★★★☆☆

January 19, 2015

A reasonably well written and interesting book about Africa. There are very interesting bits about places rarely visited by Westerners (such as Sudan) that are surprising and vividly narrated by the author. Quite heartbreaking is the terrible condition in which many countries in Africa still find...

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