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An account of the author's 1957 expedition into a primitive region of Africa in search of the legendary Bushmen tribe.
Posted August 28, 2000
I recently discovered a 1958 edition of this book in my deceased father-in-law's library and just said to my mother-in-law 'This is now my book!'. I have been to the bushmen of the Kalahari in and arround the Central Kalahari Game Reserve a few times myself and I was captivated by this book. Its written around the time I was born and covers an age I did not know but had me cringing with nostaligia for those wilder days. The writer was the most incredible of gentlemen and the whole book is permeated with his gentle spirit. There are many personal cameos where he just opens up his heart and spills out his most intimate feelings - like the story about the buffalo... His love for the bushmen whom he never realy had encountered before is amazing and its just a wonderful book about human nature, the bushmen, the African wildlife and the wonder of nature. The story realy comes alive when he eventually finds the original bushmen he was looking for. It's a classic piece of African writing about Africa. If you want to go on a Safari to Africa then don't read this book because the Africa described in this book does unfortunately not exist anymore. He would have been heartbroken, like I was, if he had to see what the Botswana government has done to the bushmen in removing them from the Central Kalahiri Game Reserve, the reserve that was created for them, and placing them outside in a dusty, messy town and given them cattle and rations as if they were just an ordinary native tribe. I would not hesitate to recommend that you buy the book and prepare for a sleepless few nights while you finish it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.