The Shadow of Kilimanjaro: On Foot Across East Africa

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In one of the most acclaimed travel and adventure books of the past year, Rick Ridgeway chronicles his trek from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to the Indian Ocean, through Kenya's famed Tsavo Park. His tale is, according to The Boston Globe, "a gripping account of how it feels to be charged by an incensed elephant and kept awake at night by the roaring of stalking lions." But it is more than an adventure story. The Los Angeles Times noted that "the pace of walking gives Ridgeway time to contemplate his great ...

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Overview

In one of the most acclaimed travel and adventure books of the past year, Rick Ridgeway chronicles his trek from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to the Indian Ocean, through Kenya's famed Tsavo Park. His tale is, according to The Boston Globe, "a gripping account of how it feels to be charged by an incensed elephant and kept awake at night by the roaring of stalking lions." But it is more than an adventure story. The Los Angeles Times noted that "the pace of walking gives Ridgeway time to contemplate his great theme and the great men and women who have struggled with the conundrum of whether man can live at peace with the beasts." Ridgeway examines the effects of colonial expansion on the indigenous people, the landscape, and the animals, and contemplates the future for all of them.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Rick Ridgeway is a graceful and engaging companion, and East Africa teems with danger, challenge, and excitement." —Bill Bryson, The New York Times Book Review

"Mr. Ridgeway's effort is to use his trek, which takes him from the ice fields of Africa's highest mountain to the Indian Ocean...as a starting point for reflections on history and nature." —Richard Bernstein, The New York Times

Richard Bernstein
. . .[O]ne reads his book with pleasure, enjoying his companionship and conversation, his keenness for experience and knowledge, and the quality of many of his observations.
New York Times
New York Times Book Review
Mr. Ridgeway's effort is to use his trek, which takes him from the ice fields of Africa's highest mountain to the Indian Ocean...as a starting point for reflections on history and nature. - Richard Bernstein
New York Times Book Review
Rick Ridgeway is a graceful and engaging companion, and East Africa teems with danger, challenge, and excitement. - Bill Bryson
Richard Bernstein
. . .[O]ne reads his book with pleasure, enjoying his companionship and conversation, his keenness for experience and knowledge, and the quality of many of his observations. -- The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805053906
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 703,999
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Ridgeway, one of the world's leading climbers and adventurers, is known through his writing, photography, and filmmaking. He is the author of three previous books, including Seven Summits with Dick Bass. He lives with his wife and three children in Ojai, California.

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

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    An African Walk

    I still think Peter Matthissen's Sand Rivers is the best modern African safari account but this book is very good. Ridgeway is fair to all sides of the Kenyan conservation movement and even gives sympathetic accounts of the native tribes who are displaced and have their cultures destroyed by the anti-poaching campaigns. One aging elephant hunter utters the most haunting line in the book: "Once we did important things. Now we farm." Ridgeway is also very adept at sketching the characters of his companions and the rangers and researchers he meets during the trek.

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