Synopses & Reviews
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.
In this title, Paul Theroux sets off for Cape Town from Cairo - the hard way. It is a trip where chance encounter is everything, where departure and arrival time are an irrelevance and where contentment can be found balancing on top of a truck in the middle of nowhere.
An account of Paul Theroux's ultimate "safari", from Cairo to Capetown. 35,000 copies sold in hardback. Undoubtedly one of the biggest travel books of the year. A journey of discovery and rediscovery which sets Theroux's experience of the dark continent against his journey forty years previously. "You would have to be made of very obdurate stuff indeed not to be riveted, moved and enriched by this book" "Sunday Telegraph".