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Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2003

    Theroux's best because it's personal

    I have read all of Paul Theroux's travel books and found Dark Star Safari his best. But then I always think that when I finish the latest one. But Dark Star is better because it is more personal. An act of rediscovery, going home rather than discovery. And because he visits so many places that are not visited by tourists he does not get to engage in his usual tourist bashing. Although there is much of it, especially in the end when he talks to a young woman on a train about her literal belief in the bible. You almost feel your listening to them as the occupy the seats in front of you on the train. But the major part of the book is a rift on aid workers and the impact (or lack off) on East Africa (let's make note he only visited a portion of the continent) and how people and institutions have changed since he was a teacher in the Peace Corps in the 60s. Always fun, always thought provoking, and always told with the wonderful wry wit that drips with sarcasm this is a wonderful trip to take with Mr. Theroux, and I was sad when it ended. I highly recommend this enjoyable volume.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    A long, dark trip

    This book provides an excellent, eye opening look at Africa through the lens of the author's long journey from one end of the continent to the other. The conclusions he reaches are somewhat disturbing and depressing, as it seems that much of the continent is in chaos or decay or both. On the other hand, it's an interesting travelogue of an incredible, hands on journey from the north to the south. The author has good journalistic skills, as he shares a number of entertaining and amusing anecdotes about what he sees and who he meets along the way. This book will give readers a fresh and unflinching look at Africa, and will perhaps generate more discussion on this complex subject.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Troubling and overly paternalistic, but great.

    I got led to this by The Economists recent report on 'Emerging Africa.'. This is a great place to start understanding how far the continent has come in the last eight years. Ignore Theroux's occasional grumbling and enjoy the journey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2005

    Time to hang it up

    I am a big fan of Theroux and have been greatly influenced by him. I was disappointed in this effort and believe he may simply have passed the age that he is capable of pulling off these grand 6 month journeys through big chunks of the planet. That he EVER was is a great tribute to his indefatigability. He has earned the right to live out his days paddling around Cape Cod or Hawaii or wherever he likes, and enjoying the fruits of his prodigious labors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2004

    Out of the Light, Into the Dark

    Having experienced 4 years living in Cairo, I found this a fascinating and informative read. In our expat community of Maadi, Cairo we saw and helped hundreds - no, thousands! -of refugees on their journey towards the light. Theroux's descriptions are so exceptional I nearly could feel, touch, taste and smell Africa. I'm looking forward to more hours experiencing traveling through his other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2003

    Superb

    Everything you would expect from a solid Theroux piece. A must read for fans, and for anyone interested in gleaning a different perspective on the current state and future plight of the continent. Perhaps the best travelogue since Happy Isles of Oceania.

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