Malachite Lion: A Travel Adventure in Kenyaby Richard Modlin
Libraries are full of travel books on Africa, but Malachite Lion is a narrative of an unplanned adventure, a modern odyssey that recounts the mysteries and paradoxes of East Africa. The book describes a journey through the crowded, bustling streets of Nairobi, into the wilds of Masai Mara and Amboseli, to ancient, mystifying Mombasa, electrifying Malindi and the… See more details below
Libraries are full of travel books on Africa, but Malachite Lion is a narrative of an unplanned adventure, a modern odyssey that recounts the mysteries and paradoxes of East Africa. The book describes a journey through the crowded, bustling streets of Nairobi, into the wilds of Masai Mara and Amboseli, to ancient, mystifying Mombasa, electrifying Malindi and the sensuous Seychelles. Much of our experience with today's East Africa is limited by what we see in edited natural history documentaries and sensational news stories. For most of us the place is a fantasy, as unreal as Sindbad's Baghdad. Richard Modlin's exciting account of his travels through Kenya and the Seychelles will dispel some of the apprehensions that cloak this strange land and its people. His experiences as a scientist and academic have provided him with the skills to interestingly record his provocative observations, interactions, experiences, feelings and thoughts, and transport the reader beyond the confines of a tour bus. Descriptions of his encounters with the variety of indigenous people and wildlife are poignant, humorous and heartwarming. Malachite Lion is a definite read for anyone who has ever dreamed of traveling to East Africa realistically and vicariously.
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A true adventure. Great book for the traveler and armchair traveler.
I am not one to read the genre that I suppose could be called 'travel logs' or 'travel adventures'. My only experience with them up until this point in time were those of the fictional type, mostly those of the science fictional or fantasy type. But, knowing little of Africa and intrigued by the ' real life sudden trip' aspect, I decided that _Malachite Lion_ could be fun. And it is. It is quite fun to read. If I had to describe its writing style, I would say somewhere between the wide brush strokes of Melville (mixed in with a Moby Dick-esque pattern of dropping facts along with narrative) and the simple water color lines of Hemingway. It tends more towards repetitive description rather than bare walls, so you had better like having your scenery painted for you. The book's one fault is that it sometimes gets a little bogged down in the details, and loses its rhythm here and there, but generally it is not too hard to pick it back up before the end of the page. I truly believe anyone with a few questions about if they could make will find a good deal of empathy in Dr. Modlin's portrayal of himself as the 'shy biology prof'. I will not say it will change your life, but it does suggest that we all arrange for an unexpected trip...we might just make it out alive. I recommend it, it is a overall great first novel.