The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari

The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari

by Paul Theroux
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The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
kalevala More than 1 year ago
I have read every non-fiction that Theroux has written. He has allowed me to go places i will never get to travel to, partly because of the world situations now. I loved this book! It is honest and raw and an eye opening account of modern South African and Angola. The travel brochures I view are sanitized by the companies. As the author said, his books will be and are already historical accounts of worlds past. All I can say is wow!!
roselyndeere More than 1 year ago
Theroux started out as a Peace Corp volunteer in Africa, teaching in schools there for six years so he already knew the place but it has changed. He is seeing the country side empty creating massive slums on the edge of towns. He is appalled by the conditions while the politicians bilk the resources of the mineral rich countries and live luxurious lives. This is one of his most poignant travelogues and is one not to miss. 
juliettehendrikx More than 1 year ago
Paul Theroux is my favorite travel writer so this was a tough one to read. Though he has toured Africa many times before, he muses that this may be his last and that alone was a sad thing to read. The subject matter was also heart rending in its detail of crushing soul destroying poverty. The greed of the dictators running the countries he traveled was also very sad to read. All and all a sad book but touching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful Paul Theroux story. Great insight into Namibia and Angola.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book entranced me. The author took me with him on a trip in Africa. It was a very real trip, filled with real Africa. One of the things I liked was how he believes throwing money at Africa's problems does not really help as the infrastructure...the still unstable. Until that is fixed, all the money in the world cannot fix things. And then one reviewer here suggests donating the cost of the book to the Society of Quakers instead of buying the book. I had to laugh as they obvioiusly did not get the message. At heart, this is a non-fiction travel book. But not the kind that tells you where to stay. This one tells you what to avoid. Brillianly written, you will learn about the human condition and the struggles of Africa.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another well written, well researched and LIVED book. Highly recomended
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a very sad non fiction book that is informative but leaves a very unpleasant aftertaste. it is not a book i would recommend anyone read or buy. i suggest you donate the cost to those relief organizations like Society of Friends e g quakers though most are busy now with the earchquake by mt everest.