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The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari

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Publisher Comments:

Following the success of the acclaimed Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and The Great Railway Bazaar, The Last Train to Zona Verde is an ode to the last African journey of the world's most celebrated travel writer.

“Happy again, back in the kingdom of light,” writes Paul Theroux as he sets out on a new journey through the continent he knows and loves best. Theroux first came to Africa as a twenty-two-year-old Peace Corps volunteer, and the pull of the vast land never left him. Now he returns, after fifty years on the road, to explore the little-traveled territory of western Africa and to take stock both of the place and of himself.

His odyssey takes him northward from Cape Town, through South Africa and Namibia, then on into Angola, wishing to head farther still until he reaches the end of the line. Journeying alone through the greenest continent, Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of postcolonial independence movements. Leaving the Cape Town townships, traversing the Namibian bush, passing the browsing cattle of the great sunbaked heartland of the savanna, Theroux crosses “the Red Line” into a different Africa: “the improvised, slapped-together Africa of tumbled fences and cooking fires, of mud and thatch,” of heat and poverty, and of roadblocks, mobs, and anarchy. After 2,500 arduous miles, he comes to the end of his journey in more ways than one, a decision he chronicles with typically unsparing honesty in a chapter called “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.

Review:

"His ability to map new terrain, both interior and exterior, and to report from places that seldom make the news, remains undiminished." Booklist, starred review

Review:

"Theroux's prose is as vividly descriptive and atmospheric as ever and, though a bit curmudgeonly, hes still wide open to raw, painful interactions between his psyche and his surroundings." Publishers Weekly, starred review

Review:

"In this intensely personal book, Theroux honestly confronts racism, stigma, privilege and expectations....Reading this enlightening book wont only open a window into Theroux's mind, it will also impart a deeper understanding of Africa and travel in general." Kirkus, starred review

Review:

"A rich story often laced with irony, the work of a keen observer, full of colorful encounters....Ever the astute questioner, ever the curious reporter, ever a forthright witness to history and the dilemma of the oppressed, alert to political thuggery, he chronicles the crises facing the sub-Sahara." New York Journal of Books

Review:

"Thoroughly engrossing....From Cape Town to Namibia to the Okavango Delta, Theroux is his inimitable, delightfully grouchy and incisive self....If you're thinking The Last Train to Zona Verde is a journey from bliss to sorrow, you wouldn't be wrong. But it's a journey worth taking. At times tragic, often comical and always gorgeously written, this is a paean to a continent, by a writer unafraid to give it some tough love." Washington Post

Synopsis:

The world's most acclaimed travel writer takes us on a final African journey, from Cape Town to Angola.

“Happy again, back in the kingdom of light,” writes Theroux as he sets out on a new journey though the continent he knows and loves best. He first came to Africa as a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer. Now he returns, after fifty years on the road, to explore the little-traveled territory of western Africa and to take stock of both the place and himself.  His odyssey takes him overland from Cape Town through Cape Province of South Africa, then to Namibia, where he realizes an old dream of visiting the San People (Bushmen) in the far northeast. In Botswana he enjoys an amazing elephant-back safari before venturing back through the north of Namibia into Angola, almost to the Congo. After 2,500 arduous miles through the bush, he comes to the end of his journey in more ways than one, a decision he chronicles with typical irascible honesty in a chapter called “What Am I Doing Here?”

This is a fitting final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of readers.

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 on Cape Cod.

Table of Contents

Contents

1. Among the Unreal People 1

2. The Train from Khayelitsha 14

3. Cape Town: The Spirit of the Cape 40

4. The Night Bus to Windhoek 59

5. Night Train from Swakopmund 79

6. The Bush Track to Tsumkwe 102

7. Ceremony at the Crossroads 118

8. Among the Real People 134

9. Riding an Elephant: The Ultimate Safari 160

10. The Hungry Herds at Etosha 180

11. The Frontier of Bad Karma 200

12. Three Pieces of Chicken 222

13. Volunteering in Lubango 242

14. The Slave Yards of Benguela 268

15. Luanda: The Improvised City 297

16. “This Is What the World Will Look Like When It Ends” 320

17. What Am I Doing Here? 333

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618839339
Subtitle:
My Ultimate African Safari
Author:
Theroux, Paul
Author:
Theroux, Paul
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
TRAVEL / Canada
Subject:
TRAVEL / Africa
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 9.99 lb

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Product details 368 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - English 9780618839339 Reviews:
"Review" by , "His ability to map new terrain, both interior and exterior, and to report from places that seldom make the news, remains undiminished."
"Review" by , "Theroux's prose is as vividly descriptive and atmospheric as ever and, though a bit curmudgeonly, hes still wide open to raw, painful interactions between his psyche and his surroundings."
"Review" by , "In this intensely personal book, Theroux honestly confronts racism, stigma, privilege and expectations....Reading this enlightening book wont only open a window into Theroux's mind, it will also impart a deeper understanding of Africa and travel in general."
"Review" by , "A rich story often laced with irony, the work of a keen observer, full of colorful encounters....Ever the astute questioner, ever the curious reporter, ever a forthright witness to history and the dilemma of the oppressed, alert to political thuggery, he chronicles the crises facing the sub-Sahara."
"Review" by , "Thoroughly engrossing....From Cape Town to Namibia to the Okavango Delta, Theroux is his inimitable, delightfully grouchy and incisive self....If you're thinking The Last Train to Zona Verde is a journey from bliss to sorrow, you wouldn't be wrong. But it's a journey worth taking. At times tragic, often comical and always gorgeously written, this is a paean to a continent, by a writer unafraid to give it some tough love."
"Synopsis" by , The world's most acclaimed travel writer takes us on a final African journey, from Cape Town to Angola.

“Happy again, back in the kingdom of light,” writes Theroux as he sets out on a new journey though the continent he knows and loves best. He first came to Africa as a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer. Now he returns, after fifty years on the road, to explore the little-traveled territory of western Africa and to take stock of both the place and himself.  His odyssey takes him overland from Cape Town through Cape Province of South Africa, then to Namibia, where he realizes an old dream of visiting the San People (Bushmen) in the far northeast. In Botswana he enjoys an amazing elephant-back safari before venturing back through the north of Namibia into Angola, almost to the Congo. After 2,500 arduous miles through the bush, he comes to the end of his journey in more ways than one, a decision he chronicles with typical irascible honesty in a chapter called “What Am I Doing Here?”

This is a fitting final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of readers.

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