Saturnalia: Traveling from Cape Town to Kampala in Search of an African Utopia

Saturnalia: Traveling from Cape Town to Kampala in Search of an African Utopia

by Justin Chapman

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In the Spring of 2012, reporter and travel junkie Justin Chapman threw his cares to the wind and, by himself, set off on an epic journey across eight countries in Africa — from Cape Town, South Africa, to Mityana, Uganda — by bus, train, and boat. Along the way, he narrowly escaped being locked away in a mental institution, visited an impoverished township that is changing its future with the help of an art-based nonprofit, got into a life-threatening car crash, dropped acid on the mystical island of Zanzibar, lived with a group of Catholic priests, witnessed a witchcraft healing ceremony, discovered a pygmy opium den, and chased down riveting stories with a local journalist. He crossed cultural boundaries, found love and companionship in unusual places, and stared death — with all its visceral stench and gore — directly in the eyeballs. Saturnalia is an engrossing cultural anthropological treatise like none other. By embarking on a journey of self-discovery and survival, Chapman explores what Africa really has to offer, and in the process, discovers surprising and unexpected relationships between people and places.

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ISBN-13: 9781940207865
Publisher: Rare Bird Books
Publication date: 01/13/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

Justin Chapman grew up in Altadena, CA, and worked as a staff writer at the Pasadena Weekly. Saturnalia is his first book.

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Saturnalia: Traveling from Cape Town to Kampala in Search of an African Utopia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Saturnalia is a gripping story of a young man's journey through Africa and the search for inner peace. A page turner and a "Must Read!"
I_Liek_Buk More than 1 year ago
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TBurgess More than 1 year ago
Saturnalia is a fast-paced, dark, funny, insightful, and harrowing trip through Africa. The author has a journalist's eye for detail--complete with all the sights, sounds and smells of the land. It's both the Africa you wanted to know and the Africa you were afraid to know. Yet, as with all great travel narratives, the journey isn't only about what the author encounters in the physical world. Chapman must face his own inner demons as well. It's not always pretty, but it's honest, brutally honest. A great read and one that will stay with you for a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to put down. Typically I don't read this type of material, but a family member suggested I read it....sure enough a couple pages in and I was hooked. I can't imagine going to the movies by myself or dinner without a companion, but here is this author traveling to a country, by himself, where there is so much strife, crime, drugs and mayhem. Definitely some areas of this country were questionable as far as safety is concerned. Additionally he is also trying to find himself while trying to stay alive. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to take on a trip like this, especially when you're already emotionally struggling. It's obvious Justin was dealing with some inner demons and he wanted to get a handle on his life, his future. But that's the bestt part of this book is Justin discovering who he really is. You can tell it provided him with some measure of comfort knowing that he accomplished what he had set out to do. I would highly recommend this book!
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Dagwood1 More than 1 year ago
Much more than a travelogue -- though it is that, too -- Saturnalia is a fascinating internal journey for a young American finding himself and his purpose by traveling through the heart of Africa, using buses and trains and taxis and his feet, just the Africans around him do. My wife and I read it to each other and had an enjoyable three or four evenings doing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would love to give this book to anyone who is traveling to Africa, and especially for people under 40 traveling to Africa. It has the adventure, romance, sometimes terror of the realization of "oh s*!t: we are not in Kansas anymore here. While not being patronizing, Mr.Chapman has "boots on the ground" where most of us would not even dare to venture. I highly recommend Saturnalia. I love his prose and his world-view; bemused yet caring on a deep level.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago