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 by Paul Theroux

"Theroux is at his best when he tells [people’s] stories, happy and sad . . . Theroux’s great mission had always been to transport us beyond that reading chair, to challenge himself—and thus, to challenge us." — Boston Globe

Paul Theroux’s best-selling Dark Star Safari chronicled his epic overland voyage from Cairo to Cape Town, providing an insider’s look at modern Africa. Now, with The Last Train to Zona Verde, he returns to discover how both he and Africa have changed in the ensuing years.

Traveling alone, Theroux sets out from Cape Town, going north through South Africa, Namibia, then into Angola, encountering a world increasingly removed from tourists’ itineraries and the hopes of postcolonial independence movements. After covering nearly 2,500 arduous miles, he cuts short his journey, a decision he chronicles with unsparing honesty in a chapter titled “What Am I Doing Here?” Vivid, witty, and beautifully evocative, The Last Train to Zona Verde is a fitting final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of readers.

"Everything is under scrutiny in Paul Theroux’s latest travel book—not just the people, landscapes and sociopolitical realities of the countries he visits, but his own motivations for going where he goes . . . His readers can only be grateful." — Seattle Times

“If this book is proof, age has not slowed Theroux or encouraged him to rest on his achievements . . . Gutsy, alert to Africa's struggles, its injustices and history.” — San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547999258
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 221,564
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

PAUL THEROUX is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari. He lives in Hawaii and Cape Cod.

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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.