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Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa

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Publisher Comments:

Richard Grant, author of the adventure classic God’s Middle Finger, “a reportorial tour de force, filled with characters straight out of a Cormac McCarthy novel”( The New York Times ), takes readers on an unforgettable journey from Zanzibar into the heart of Africa.

No one travels quite like Richard Grant — and, really, no one should. He’s driven to seek danger yet fully willing to admit when he’s afraid; ever alert to the fascinations of the landscapes, cultures, and individuals he encounters; eager to indulge in whatever bad behavior the locals are up to; and compelled to look into the history, politics, and society of every place he goes.

In his new book, Grant travels with present-day explorers, hunters, degenerates, gangsters, and local reporters, documenting life, landscape, and the history of white exploration in East Africa. Beginning in Zanzibar, where a former golf pro introduces him to the island’s underbelly, Grant takes a cargo dhow across the Indian Ocean, following the route of early British explorers Burton and Speake, and heads into the continent. In the company of an eccentric guide, he rafts an uncharted river in Tanzania, trying to avoid hippos, crocodiles, lions, snakes, malaria, and African sleeping sickness. Grant heads up through war-torn Burundi and finishes his journey in the budding dictatorship of Rwanda.

Gripping, illuminating, sometimes harrowing, often humorous, Grant’s new book will thrill his devoted readers and bring him to an even broader audience.

Review:

"Heading for Tanzania, intent on exploration — a first descent of the Malagarasi River — Richard Grant instead finds himself in the shadow of Burton and Speke, Stanley and Livingston on an altogether unexpected frontier of the unknown — the reality of contemporary Africa. The result is a kaleidoscopic romp through chaos, contradiction, madness and wonder. A fierce account, honestly told, and refreshingly frank." Wade Davis, author of One River and Into the Silence

Review:

"In his last book when he was being chased by killers in Mexico for a couple days I questioned Richard Grant's sanity in trying to be the first to travel the length of Tanzania's Malagarasi River. The hippos and crocodiles are the problem, also the dreadful diseases that daily afflict you. This is a truly wonderful book about East Africa." Jim Harrison, author of Returning to Earth

Review:

"Way back when, we crawled out of the Great Rift in Africa. Richard Grant explains that this ancient womb is the theater of our future. This coming world will have a lot of people fighting over dwindling piles of junk. This future will looks a lot like murder. This time we are all going down Crazy River and forget the damn life jackets. They belong to the past we devoured. Let Richard Grant take you to your new home. But let me warn you: we will not get home before dark." Charles Bowden, author of Murder City

Review:

"Armchair explorers, rejoice! Richard Grant has gone where we dare not and brought back the news in all its rich, harrowing and lucid detail. The best book about Africa since Paul Theroux's Dark Star Safari." T.C. Boyle, author of The Women and When the Killing's Done

Review:

"As he did in God's Middle Finger, Grant takes us into a world where few willingly venture. His feverish journey from Zanzibar, down an uncharted river and into the broken heart of 21st century Africa is by turns funny, poignant, frightening and deeply disturbing. The future Grant shows us with such lucidity and compassion is one his predecessors, Stanley, Livingstone and Burton could never have envisioned." John Vaillant, author of The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

Review:

"Fear and loathing in East Africa as travel writer Grant traverses the ravaged continent in search of a mysterious river and the source of the Nile....Dyspeptic, disturbing and brilliantly realized, Grant's account of Africa is literally unforgettable." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A mixture of offbeat characters and travelogue, an entertaining and informative first-person account of a man who's very much out of his element but very keen to learn everything he can." Booklist

Review:

"[A]s detailed in this thoroughly engrossing new book, Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa, Grant's quest for adventure and discovery didn't go unrewarded." Tucson Weekly

Review:

"This is Grant's third travel book, and he strikes a wonderful balance between evoking the sepia-toned, blood-stained, imperialist past and the hungry, gritty independent realism of modern East Africa. Never one to focus on his own accomplishments, and slow to judge others, he manages to serve up equal portions of humility and pathos." Lonely Planet

Synopsis:

No one travels quite like Richard Grant and, really, no one should. In his last book, the adventure classic Gods Middle Finger, he narrowly escaped death in Mexico's lawless Sierra Madre. Now, Grant has plunged with his trademark recklessness, wit, and curiosity into East Africa. Setting out to make the first descent of an unexplored river in Tanzania, he gets waylaid in Zanzibar by thieves, whores, and a charismatic former golf pro before crossing the Indian Ocean in a rickety cargo boat. And then the real adventure begins. Known to local tribes as "the river of bad spirits," the Malagarasi River is a daunting adversary even with a heavily armed Tanzanian crew as travel companions. Dodging bullets, hippos, and crocodiles, Grant finally emerges in war-torn Burundi, where he befriends some ethnic street gangsters and trails a notorious man-eating crocodile known as Gustave. He concludes his journey by interviewing the dictatorial president of Rwanda and visiting the true source of the Nile. Gripping, illuminating, sometimes harrowing, often hilarious, Crazy River is a brilliantly rendered account of a modern-day exploration of Africa, and the unraveling of Grants peeled, battered mind as he tries to take it all in.

Synopsis:

NO ONE TRAVELS QUITE LIKE RICHARD GRANT and, really, no one should. In his last book, the adventure classic God’s Middle Finger, he narrowly escaped death in Mexico’s lawless Sierra Madre. Now, Grant has plunged with his trademark recklessness, wit, and curiosity into East Africa. Setting out to make the first descent of an unexplored river in Tanzania, he gets waylaid in Zanzibar by thieves, whores, and a charismatic former golf pro before crossing the Indian Ocean in a rickety cargo boat. And then the real adventure begins. Known to local tribes as “the river of bad spirits,” the Malagarasi River is a daunting adversary even with a heavily armed Tanzanian crew as travel companions. Dodging bullets, hippos, and crocodiles, Grant finally emerges in war-torn Burundi, where he befriends some ethnic street gangsters and trails a notorious man-eating crocodile known as Gustave. He concludes his journey by interviewing the dictatorial president of Rwanda and visiting the true source of the Nile. Gripping, illuminating, sometimes harrowing, often hilarious, Crazy River is a brilliantly rendered account of a modern-day exploration of Africa, and the unraveling of Grant’s peeled, battered mind as he tries to take it all in.

About the Author

Richard Grant is an award-winning travel writer who has published his work in Men's Journal, Esquire, and Details, among others. He is also the author of American Nomads and God's Middle Finger. Grant currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439154144
Author:
Grant, Richard
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
World History-Africa
Subject:
TRAVEL / Africa
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in

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"Review" by , "Heading for Tanzania, intent on exploration — a first descent of the Malagarasi River — Richard Grant instead finds himself in the shadow of Burton and Speke, Stanley and Livingston on an altogether unexpected frontier of the unknown — the reality of contemporary Africa. The result is a kaleidoscopic romp through chaos, contradiction, madness and wonder. A fierce account, honestly told, and refreshingly frank."
"Review" by , "In his last book when he was being chased by killers in Mexico for a couple days I questioned Richard Grant's sanity in trying to be the first to travel the length of Tanzania's Malagarasi River. The hippos and crocodiles are the problem, also the dreadful diseases that daily afflict you. This is a truly wonderful book about East Africa."
"Review" by , "Way back when, we crawled out of the Great Rift in Africa. Richard Grant explains that this ancient womb is the theater of our future. This coming world will have a lot of people fighting over dwindling piles of junk. This future will looks a lot like murder. This time we are all going down Crazy River and forget the damn life jackets. They belong to the past we devoured. Let Richard Grant take you to your new home. But let me warn you: we will not get home before dark."
"Review" by , "Armchair explorers, rejoice! Richard Grant has gone where we dare not and brought back the news in all its rich, harrowing and lucid detail. The best book about Africa since Paul Theroux's Dark Star Safari."
"Review" by , "As he did in God's Middle Finger, Grant takes us into a world where few willingly venture. His feverish journey from Zanzibar, down an uncharted river and into the broken heart of 21st century Africa is by turns funny, poignant, frightening and deeply disturbing. The future Grant shows us with such lucidity and compassion is one his predecessors, Stanley, Livingstone and Burton could never have envisioned."
"Review" by , "Fear and loathing in East Africa as travel writer Grant traverses the ravaged continent in search of a mysterious river and the source of the Nile....Dyspeptic, disturbing and brilliantly realized, Grant's account of Africa is literally unforgettable."
"Review" by , "A mixture of offbeat characters and travelogue, an entertaining and informative first-person account of a man who's very much out of his element but very keen to learn everything he can."
"Review" by , "[A]s detailed in this thoroughly engrossing new book, Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa, Grant's quest for adventure and discovery didn't go unrewarded."
"Review" by , "This is Grant's third travel book, and he strikes a wonderful balance between evoking the sepia-toned, blood-stained, imperialist past and the hungry, gritty independent realism of modern East Africa. Never one to focus on his own accomplishments, and slow to judge others, he manages to serve up equal portions of humility and pathos."
"Synopsis" by , No one travels quite like Richard Grant and, really, no one should. In his last book, the adventure classic Gods Middle Finger, he narrowly escaped death in Mexico's lawless Sierra Madre. Now, Grant has plunged with his trademark recklessness, wit, and curiosity into East Africa. Setting out to make the first descent of an unexplored river in Tanzania, he gets waylaid in Zanzibar by thieves, whores, and a charismatic former golf pro before crossing the Indian Ocean in a rickety cargo boat. And then the real adventure begins. Known to local tribes as "the river of bad spirits," the Malagarasi River is a daunting adversary even with a heavily armed Tanzanian crew as travel companions. Dodging bullets, hippos, and crocodiles, Grant finally emerges in war-torn Burundi, where he befriends some ethnic street gangsters and trails a notorious man-eating crocodile known as Gustave. He concludes his journey by interviewing the dictatorial president of Rwanda and visiting the true source of the Nile. Gripping, illuminating, sometimes harrowing, often hilarious, Crazy River is a brilliantly rendered account of a modern-day exploration of Africa, and the unraveling of Grants peeled, battered mind as he tries to take it all in.
"Synopsis" by , NO ONE TRAVELS QUITE LIKE RICHARD GRANT and, really, no one should. In his last book, the adventure classic God’s Middle Finger, he narrowly escaped death in Mexico’s lawless Sierra Madre. Now, Grant has plunged with his trademark recklessness, wit, and curiosity into East Africa. Setting out to make the first descent of an unexplored river in Tanzania, he gets waylaid in Zanzibar by thieves, whores, and a charismatic former golf pro before crossing the Indian Ocean in a rickety cargo boat. And then the real adventure begins. Known to local tribes as “the river of bad spirits,” the Malagarasi River is a daunting adversary even with a heavily armed Tanzanian crew as travel companions. Dodging bullets, hippos, and crocodiles, Grant finally emerges in war-torn Burundi, where he befriends some ethnic street gangsters and trails a notorious man-eating crocodile known as Gustave. He concludes his journey by interviewing the dictatorial president of Rwanda and visiting the true source of the Nile. Gripping, illuminating, sometimes harrowing, often hilarious, Crazy River is a brilliantly rendered account of a modern-day exploration of Africa, and the unraveling of Grant’s peeled, battered mind as he tries to take it all in.
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