The African Queen

The African Queen


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The African Queen by C. S. Forester, Cecil Scott Forester

First published in 1935, C.S. Forester's classic romantic adventure is a tale of opposites attracted. Allnut and Rose, a disreputable Cockney and an English spinster missionary, wend their way down a river in Central Africa in a rickety, asthmatic steam launch, and are gradually joined together in a mission of retaliation against the Germans. Fighting time, heat, malaria and bullets, the two have a dramatic rapprochement before the explosive ending of the book. This tale of unlikely love is thrilling and funny and ultimately satisfying.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316289108
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/30/1984
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 215,312
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

C.S.Forester is a famous British author of over 50 books. Forester died in 1966 and his books are still best sellers. He best known for his character Horatio Hornblower as developed in 12 novels. Forester wrote many articles, short stories and books about WW2.

Date of Birth:

August 27, 1899

Date of Death:

April 2, 1966

Place of Birth:

Cairo, Egypt

Place of Death:

Berkeley, California


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The African Queen 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is truly a classic that is a must-read for everyone. However, this is a clear case where Hollywood has trumped the author. The movie's ending is so much better than Forester's, which I suppose proves that screenwriters can write good prose, too. The one annoying aspect of the book was the Cockney accent Forester gives Charlie Allnut. I found it distracting and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what he said. Humphrey Bogart at least was easy to understand.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey, if you don't like this book then you don't know what it is like to find purpose in hardship. Nor do you know about patriotism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
About two people, who have lived in africa for about 10 years, that travel down a river in a old boat. All they do is struggle fighting the weather, bugs, heat, malaria,and each other. They both have one goal in mind. The ending is a big let down. Its to much like real life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forester's novel appears to be a fairly straightforward adventure tale, set in German Central Africa during WWI. Rose is the sister of an English missionary, who dies at the beginning of the novel after the Germans have driven off his 'flock.' She is picked up by Allnutt, a Cockney mechanic who works for a Belgian mine, running supplies up the river in the flat-bottomed 'African Queen.' He's basically a coward who will follow the path of least resistance, and so allows himself to be browbeat into a harebrained scheme by Rose. She intends to pilot the boat down river, through rapids that are generally agreed-upon to be unnavigable by a boat like the 'African Queen,' and onto a lake the Germans dominate thanks to a giant gunboat. There, they will rig some explosives Allnutt has on board and ram the ship, blowing it--and themselves--up, thus striking 'a blow for England' and avenging Rose's brother's death. Depending on how you read it, this is either the stuff of great derring-do, or a critique on the futility of heroism in WWI. As an adventure tale, the characters are rather too flat. Allnutt is drawn as too pliable a character, especially for one who has somehow ended up running a boat in the middle of Africa. Rose somehow becomes an expert pilot in a matter of a week, managing to master the nuances of a creaky and unwieldy vessel in extreme poor conditions. Along the way she sheds her proper upbringing and godfearedness with rather unlikely alacrity (unless, that is, Forester was trying to say that such beliefs are rather ephemeral anyway). Their love affair more or less works in the context of the adventure they're on, but it's very hard to imagine it continuing in the outside world. The ending is somewhat more interesting, foreshadowing some of the bleakness of Pierre Boulle's novel Bridge on the River Kwai.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the biggest waste of time, for me. The book was very slow and very dry. The only action came from 2 chapters. I could never get into the book and after a few pages I had to put it down. If you like action or adventure you will not like this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pretty good book. Both the dialouge and the action is engrossing. BUT: Why in the world do they drink boiling hot tea in the middle of the African jungle?