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Overland From Cairo to Cape Town

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The author recounts his odyssey down the length of Africa, from Cairo to South Africa, describing the bad food, many delays, discomforts, and dangers of his trip, along with the people and places he encountered.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2003
ISBN: 9780618446872
9780618134243
0618134247
Branch Call Number: 916.04329 T3438d 2003
Characteristics: 485 p. : maps ; 24 cm

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Barbarajean Nov 30, 2015

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!!

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biblopa
Jul 22, 2013

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.

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Urbano
Oct 12, 2012

Excellent read. Did not want it to end.

brendanjon Apr 26, 2011

Just started this, but so far so good.

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sairen42
Nov 11, 2010

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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