In 1996, successful businessman and certified pilot, Scott Griffin, decided to break from the comfortable routine of his life to go work for the Flying Doctors Service, an African organization that flies doctors to remote areas to administer medical assistance. Griffin also made the daring decision to fly his small, single-engine Cessna 180 solo from Canada to Africa and back again. My Heart Is Africa is the engaging, personal story of Griffin's two-year aviation adventure throughout Africa. Facing storms, equipment problems, fuel shortages and isolation, Griffin successfully made his way to Kenya — little did he know, his harrowing flight over the Atlantic was only the beginning of his adventure. Once in Africa, Griffin circumnavigated the continent, flying over deserts, mountains and jungles both as a medical volunteer and tourist. Throughout his journey — which included being arrested and crashing, then re-crashing, his plane — Griffin discovered the heartrending humanity and beauty of Africa. My Heart Is Africa is an absorbing adventure story, but it is also the story of Africa — its problems and people, its landscapes and limitations, its culture and courage. Griffin’s intrepid flying odyssey not only takes the reader on a journey across Africa but into the lives of all the doctors, nurses, aid workers, and eccentric characters that crossed his path along the way.
|Publisher:||House of Anansi Press|
|Edition description:||Second Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Scott Griffin is Chairman, Director, and controlling shareholder of General Kinetics Engineering Corp., a privately held Canadian corporation; Chairman, Director, and controlling shareholder of House of Anansi Press Inc.; Founder, Chairman, and Director of The Scott Griffin Foundation; Chairman and Trustee of the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry; Founder of Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie, a national, bilingual poetry recitation contest; and Chancellor of Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Quebec. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife Krystyne.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Flight into Darkness 3
Chapter 2 Reaching for Africa 21
Chapter 3 City of Tears 39
Chapter 4 The Hangar 57
Chapter 5 Angels of Mercy 75
Chapter 6 The Poisoned Spear 89
Chapter 7 Repairs and Reconciliation 113
Chapter 8 Life in Nairobi 125
Chapter 9 Weekend Safaris 147
Chapter 10 Captive in Tanzania 159
Chapter 11 Wings of Sunlight 177
Chapter 12 South Africa 191
Chapter 13 Diamonds and Blood 207
Chapter 14 Waiting for Twilight 235
Chapter 15 Tangier 261
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Loved every word of it....
This was a good book, especially in contrast to "stalking the wild dik-dik," which I had just finished reading before this book. This canadian guy flys across the atlantic to work for the flying doctors service for two years. Since this is a perspective of africa from someone with a lot of money, you may have a couple of points in the book where you feel he is not being sensitive to the plight of the african continent. He is suprisingly frank about his interactions with people he encountered there. He is also very passionate about his adventures there.
A great read about a Canadian man who flys his small plane to Africa where he spends two years working for the Flying Doctors Service. While there, he and his wife spend some time flying around Africa. While I enjoyed reading about Mr. Griffen's adventures, I was struck by the many times he put himself and his wife in danger. My husband, who is a pilot, also was amazed at some of the flying risks Mr. Griffen took which put himself, his plane and (at times) passengers at risk. For example, he lands on an island without knowing whether the land is suitable for a landing, and he flies into a country without a permit, which lands him and his wife in custody. This, I think, speaks to his sense of entitlement as a white person with money. More importantly, though, it speaks to his honesty in relating his story.
Please mr Griffin make your book available for download to ebook. I enjoy reading with my ipad
I recently saw the author interviewed on a Vancouver, British Columbia TV station and was very impressed with his humanitarian bent coupled with his interesting flying/pilot escapades while in Africa. I bought the book the next day and enjoyed the read so much that I've have bought two other copies for gifts. The descriptive vocabulary regarding Africa and its people is wonderful.