African Lives: White Lies, Tropical Truth, Darkest Gossip and Rumblings of Rumor

African Lives: White Lies, Tropical Truth, Darkest Gossip and Rumblings of Rumor

by Denis Boyles

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Supplementing his experiences in Africa with tales from other books and adding gossip, freelance writer Boyles here wisecracks his way through the Dark Continent, singling out exploits of adventurers he has met or heard about. Among them: Patrick David Shaw, a 300-pound Nairobi school administrator who freelances as a terrifying white cop in a black neighborhood; Emin Pasha (originally Silesian-born Eduard Schnitzer), who created and ran Equatoria, in the southern Sudan, until he was ousted by the Rambo of explorers, H. M. Stanley; Staffan Domingo de-Mistura, a ``movie-perfect, hemi-Italian aristo-activist,'' whose brainchild, Operation Rainbow, was one of the most troubled and troublesome emergency food-and-medicine airlifts in recent memory. Boyles goes along on relief flights with the cargo cowboys who fly beat-up planes, most notably ``George Pappas,'' who amassed $2 million in two years``not bad for a guy who had landed in Africa on the run from a batch of law enforcement and tax agencies and an angry wife.'' Some of these stories appeared originally in Alan Moorehead's works and in books by or about Isak Dinesen and Beryl Markham, but they are fun to read again in Boyles' livelier versions. (September)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Hunter Thompson meets Cecil Rhodes in this amusing if idiosyncratic account of modern Africa. From its opening lines``There are a lot of places where the bloody head of mankind pokes through the windshield of creation''to its conclusion 15 chapters and thousands of miles later, it startles and delights. Boyles worked in sub-Saharan Africa for more than a decade and gives here a lively personal description of post-colonial life, especially among the whites. His reporting is crisp, funny, and cynical; the historical chapters are generally shoddy. Still, it's a wild ride through one person's Africa, suitable for travel collections and public libraries. Michael Edmonds, State Historical Soc. of Wisconsin Lib., Madison

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