Travels in the White Man's Grave

Travels in the White Man's Grave

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by Donald MacIntosh, MacIntosh
     
 

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At the beginning of the 1950s, the interior of West and Central Africa was still known to most of the outside world as the "White Man's Grave," and consisted of vast expanses of mysterious and threatening primeval forest. When Donald MacIntosh, 23-year-old Gaelic-speaking Scottish forester, was offered a position in Nigeria in 1954, it was a dream come true and he

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At the beginning of the 1950s, the interior of West and Central Africa was still known to most of the outside world as the "White Man's Grave," and consisted of vast expanses of mysterious and threatening primeval forest. When Donald MacIntosh, 23-year-old Gaelic-speaking Scottish forester, was offered a position in Nigeria in 1954, it was a dream come true and he found himself posted to the hot, cloying humidity of those fabled lands. During the next 30 years he was to wander through some of the most remote areas of West Africa where he operated as a forest botanist. There he listened to the tales of ancient Africa from the lips of hunters, fishermen, chiefs, and witch doctors from a vast diversity of tribes in myriad encampments.

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A poignant and humourous storyteller of the West African bush to rival Gerald Durrell.—TLS

He writes with a charming insouciance that celebrates an Africa before big business tore the heart out of the rainforest.—SUNDAY TIMES

Excellent... [Macintosh's] book, one of the surprises of the year, is a slender but richly entertaining memoir—Sara Wheeler, DAILY TELEGRAPH

Although Macintosh's African life was full of adventures and dangers, he never exaggerates them, and writes with a fluidity and understated grace which makes his book a pleasure to read. By turns beautiful, poignant and very funny, Macintosh rarely misses the mark, and this memoir should become a classic of the genre. —Toby Green —This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.—Toby Green, Amazon.co.uk

The Sunday Times
MacIntosh writes with a charming insouciance that celebrates an Africa before big business tore the heart out of the rain forest.
The Times Literary Supplement
A poignant and humorous storyteller of the West African bush to rival Gerald Durrell.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780349114354
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

Donald MacIntosh is the son of a Perthshire woodcutter and studied forestry in Argyll. He spent 30 years as a tree prospector/surveyor in the rainforests of Liberia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Nigeria. He now lives in the South of England and is still homesick for the Africa he knew.

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Travels in the White Man's Grave 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stories of Africa
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a collection of always humorous, often poingiant stories about life in the deep forests of West Africa. On the surface, they are interesting and entertaining, but underneath, they describe the rapid destruction of a vibrant society through exploitation and industrialization. Excellent read, and a fine addition to any library