Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux
Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

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In Dark Star Safari the wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, he endures danger, delay, and dismaying circumstances.
Gauging the state of affairs, he talks to Africans, aid workers, missionaries, and tourists. What results is an insightful meditation on the history, politics, and beauty of Africa and its people, and "a vivid portrayal of the secret sweetness, the hidden vitality, and the long-patient hope that lies just beneath the surface" (Rocky Mountain News). In a new postscript, Theroux recounts the dramatic events of a return to Africa to visit Zimbabwe.
 

About Paul Theroux

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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 on Cape Cod.
 
Published April 5, 2004 by Mariner Books. 490 pages
Genres: Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Of the pharmaceutical plant outside Khartoum that was flattened by a cruise missile on Bill Clinton’s orders a few years back, he remarks, “Though we become hysterical at the thought that someone might bomb us, bombs that we explode elsewhere, in little countries far away, are just theater, of sm...

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The Guardian

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Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux 495pp, Hamish Hamilton, £17.99 Half way into his journey through Africa, Paul Theroux is standing by the roadside in northern Kenya, looking, by his own account, a little down-at-heel.

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Publishers Weekly

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"You'll have a terrible time," one diplomat tells Theroux upon discovering the prolific writer's plans to hitch a ride hundreds of miles along a desolate road to Nairobi instead of taking a plane.

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Examiner

Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux is an account of his overland trip through Africa starting in Cairo, Egypt and ending in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Star Tribune

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Still, their effect remains for Theroux: "In Africa for the first time, I got a glimpse of the pattern my life would take -- that it would be dominated by writing and solitariness and risk, and already in my early twenties I tasted those ambiguous pleasures."

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Christian Science Monitor

[This review from the Monitor's archives originally ran on Mar. 20, 2003.] "Safari," in Swahili, has little to do with goggling at big animals;

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The Millions

By way of starting a conversation about the ideal marriage of text and transportation, we've asked our contributors and readers to make reading recommendations for Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

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The Millions

As Murakami translator Jay Rubin notes in his biography Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words, around the time Murakami finished A Wild Sheep Chase, he began to obsess over his writing, fearing that he might die before finishing the book, a thought he apparently found untenable.

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Austin Chronicle

Paul Theroux hopes that the readers of Dark Star Safari, his new travel memoir of his overland journey from Cairo to Capetown, will feel that reading "was the next best thing to being there -- or even better, because reading about being shot at and poisoned and insulted was in general less upsett...

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