The African Safari Papers by Robert Sedlack

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The African Safari Papers is an intense and outrageous portrait of a family so troubled that their vacation is, in a word, torture. Richard Clark, the narrator of this sharp and sometimes madcap novel is nineteen--a drug-addicted, foul-mouthed, sex-crazed young man in Africa on a safari with his parents. Obviously, this is a mistake.

As Richard smolders with resentment, he documents the trip in a series of journal entries that are funny, sad, and piercingly insightful. Juxtaposed with the hostile environment, the tense situation becomes explosive: with raw energy and acuity, somewhere between Hunter S. Thompson and David Sedaris, we see Mom going insane, Dad drinking compulsively, and Richard busy getting high on smuggled drugs. Anything can happen, and it does, in this family travelogue for the twenty-?rst century.

About Robert Sedlack

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ROBERT SEDLACK is a writer and documentary filmmaker. A graduate of New York University, he is also the author of The Horn of a Lamb (“Sedlack is as fastidious a narrator as Dickens or Hugo”—The Globe and Mail). He lives in Los Angeles.
Published December 27, 2011 by Overlook. 317 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But as weird as mom and dad are, and as bizarre as the excursion to Africa will become, even Richard will eventually arrive at something of significance and realize that “Mom and dad have shown me that true freedom is found not in the lotus position, and certainly not in the revelation of dark, b...

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Richard relates their various adventures in hotels and safari lodges with an alienated but compelling wit—and a sharp honesty, too, as he slowly reveals devastating truths, not only about himself and his parents, but also about the deadly result of programmed expectations.

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