North of South: An African Journey

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Graham Greene
"A very sad, very funny account of a journey in East Africa."
Elspeth Huxley
"Naipaul shares with Evelyn Waugh the same eye for the ridiculous, the same dark humour, the same ultimate cynicism about the human race."
Bruce Chatwin
"Absolutely first-rate."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140188264
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Series: Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 607,454
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

North of South Introduction
Prelude
Part One
1. Bright Lights
2. I. Black and White: Old Style
II. Black and White: New Style
3. Between Master and Slave
4. A Highlands Adventure
5. A Spell on the Coast

Part Two
6. Taking the Socialist Road
7. Three Portraits
8. Animals and Men
9. The Haven of Peace
10. Words, Words, Words
11. Into the Void

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2002

    Between the lines

    A somewhat dated journal of the journey of a native of the Carribean through the lands north of South Africa. An interesting read for those into explorations of post colonial Africa. Of interest to me in particular was the section about the owner and headmaster of a school in Mombasa, Kenya who was clearly a product of the colonial mindset. The author injects a touch of humor by describing the man as simply being frank. The name the author gave the headmaster was a pseudonym. According to lore at the Nairobi Academy (then sister school of the Mombasa Adacemy), the man was frank indeed -- alleged by some to be the late Frank Bentley, who founded both schools and later sold them before his death of cancer in 1987.

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