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The White Nile

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2005


    I read the book when I was 36. Now I am 66 years old and I will buy it for as second reading, together with 'THE BLUE NILE' which I expect to thrill me as well. Is like watching a movie. It generates scenes so vivid you feel you participate in the quest. Takes you from your hand into an amazingly strong and dangerous adventure in a manner you start to believe you are participating also. Unwillingly, you believe YOU ARE THERE !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2007

    One of my all-time favorite books.

    A Christmas gift left unread for many months, due to it's printing's sensational cover, White Nile turned out to be a wonderful surprise and has since endured several rereadings. Moorehead is the finest writer of popular history I've ever encountered and in my opinion outdistances Barbara Tuchman and Doris Kearnes Goodwin by a long mile. Possessed of an unmatched narrative sense, Moorehead adopts a distinctly British voice with a warmth I love to immerse myself in. Be that said, others will have problems with this book. The greatest of which is in the treatment of the Africans themselves, who are at times characterized by words, clearly taken from sources, like 'savage' and 'infantile.' Some readers, to their credit, will not be able to see beyond this. Yet, given the material Moorehead is dealing with here, and his overall task in telling the story of these explorers, it's hard to tell how he could have avoided this. To do so deliberately, I think, would have rendered the prose inauthentic. Furthermore, there is ample evidence in the text of his personal sympathy for the Africans, and their plight, and I have no trouble discerning when the author presents material from sources, even when not explicitly cited. Where Moorehead succeeds brilliantly is in telling the tale of perhaps the last generation of gifted amateurs, some of whom, armed with very little more than what personal qualities they possessed, enlarged our world and changed history. For some reason, Gordon come to mind here. Do not mistake White Nile as a formal monograph, such as Neil B. McLynn's Ambrose of Milan, because White Nile isn't about Africa per se. It is a romance of exploration and discovery, tinged with hints of the corporate malaise yet to come. So. White Nile is not a history, and it is not politically correct in all respects. So be it. The book has, and I believe will in future, stand well on its merits as an exemplar of it's genre. And when I make these kinds of preditions, I'm pretty much spot on....

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