Travels in West Africa (Congo Francais, Corisco and Cameroons)

Travels in West Africa (Congo Francais, Corisco and Cameroons)

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by Mary H. Kingsley
     
 

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Account of adventurous travel in the 19th century. According to Wikipedia: "Mary Henrietta Kingsley (13 October 1862 – 3 June 1900) was an English writer and explorer who greatly influenced European ideas about Africa and African people.”  See more details below

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Account of adventurous travel in the 19th century. According to Wikipedia: "Mary Henrietta Kingsley (13 October 1862 – 3 June 1900) was an English writer and explorer who greatly influenced European ideas about Africa and African people.”

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ISBN-13:
9781455419937
Publisher:
B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date:
10/20/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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Travels In West Africa (Large Print Edition) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Life's early difficulties often lay the groundwork for later genius. Mary Kingsley was kept in almost complete isolation from Victorian society by her family, and, as a young woman, single-handedly managed the physical upkeep of her family's house. Her education was primarily from her absent adventurer-gentleman father's eclectic library, and all this produced a clear-thinking, capable adventurer in her own right. Written in a highly entertaining style, VERY similar to Mark Twain's, with NO pomposity and a clear respect for the indigenous West African (in present-day Nigeria, Gabon and Sierra Leone) people she met on her travels - this is a landmark book for anyone who enjoys autobiographies, humor, history and adventure. NOT TO BE MISSED!
Omnivorous_Reader More than 1 year ago
Mary Kingsley has so far been an unrecognized genius - raised within the confines of a Victorian home, she set out after her parents' death to fill the African philosophy void that existed among her adventurer-doctor father's works. "But Africa was kind to me and interested me and didn't want to kill me just yet" - self-educated Mary Kingsley developed her own writer's voice with much the same descriptive wry observations as Mark Twain. She returned to England with a new perspective on re-vamping Colonial government of British Africa and gave lectures, as well as advised and mentored many in the Free Congo movement. This book features epiphanies of insight and top-notch humor on almost every page. Just. Brilliant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago