The most depressing book on Africa I have ever read, Mr Theroux has little good to say about the continent, but relishes the adventure of travelling there. Read this book and you'll never want to go there! It does make an interesting read though!!
Superb style, interesting topic. I fell in love with the author for his witty observations,sarcastic comments and interesting digressions. I will definitely seek some other of his works.
Excellent read. Did not want it to end.
Just started this, but so far so good.
Toward the end of the book, Theroux writes how nice it would be if his writing could be used by someone as a reasonable substitute for having gone to a place, since it is much nicer to read about being insulted, poisoned, and shot at than to actually be there.
With me, he accomplished his goal. He expertly shows Africa at its best and at its worst, extolling hospitality and simple kindnesses, and heaping scorn upon the selfish or the "agents of virtue." Recommend to anyone who has interest in traveling to Africa, vicariously or otherwise.
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