African Madness

African Madness

by Alex Shoumatoff

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The New Yorker staff writer investigates the AIDS epidemic in Africa, environmental catastrophe in Madagascar, rumors of cannibalism in the Central African Republic and the legacy of gorilla expert Dian Fossey. ``Shoumatoff's love of the African continent, its fertile potential and enchantment, pulsates through these engaging pieces,'' reported PW . (Feb.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
In describing the four investigations he undertook in Africa, New York Times correspondent Shoumatoff recounts the madness that is as much of others as it is of African origin. He discusses the events surrounding the murder of Dian Fossey, a primatologist in Rwanda, and also tells of her lack of understanding of and cruelty towards the local people. He also discusses the approaching ecological disaster facing Madagascar; Central African Republic during the trial of the cruel, self-proclaimed Emperor Bokassa; and a journey to Guinea Bissau, Zaire, Kenya, and Uganda in a fruitless search for the source of AIDS. The tone is somewhat condescending and the title, in spite of the madness discussed, is misleading. Not recommended. Maidel Cason, Univ. of Delaware Lib., Newark

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