The Last Train to Zona Verde

The Last Train to Zona Verde

My Ultimate African Safari

eBook - 2013
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The world's most acclaimed travel writer journeys through western Africa from Cape Town to the Congo.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547999258
Characteristics: 1 online resource (353 pages) illustrations, maps.
Contents: Among the unreal people
The train from Khayelitsha
Cape Town: The spirit of the Cape
The night bus to Windhoek
Night train from Swakopmund
The bush track to Tsumkwe
Ceremony at the crossroads
Among the real people
Riding an elephant: The ultimate safari
The hungry herds at Etosha
The frontier of bad karma
Three pieces of chicken
Volunteering in Lubango
The slave yards of Benguela
Luanda: The improvised city
"This is what the world will look like when it ends"
What am I doing here?
Summary: The world's most acclaimed travel writer journeys through western Africa from Cape Town to the Congo.


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Nov 09, 2014


Jane60201 Jul 16, 2014

A travel guide to the Africa that folks on safari never see. His thesis, at the end of the book, is that many countries in Africa have a lot of natural resources but avaricious rulers force most of the people to live in abject poverty. He also believes that helpful NGOs and foreign aid are not the answer.

Aug 04, 2013

A bittersweet memoir of travels in west Africa by one of America's preeminent writers.
Alas, this may be Theroux's final African sojourn. From visions of the lap of luxurious "adventure travel" to vignettes of desperate, hopeless and malicious poverty, both urban and rural, Theroux, as usual, pulls no punches.

Jul 18, 2013

Theroux's journey began in the richness of a five-star hotel in Capetown and ended in the squalor of Luanda. North of Windhoek he began asking himself "What am I doing here?" An adventure travel writer who has shared trips with his readers, but now a grandfather who is aware of his vulnerability as a white man with money, alone, in a society where corruption , dishonesty, and violence are normal. With fly-covered chicken for meals, bushmen re-enacting the desert experience, and endless filthy towns, he accepts that this will be his last African trip. The question's answer? Preparing to leave.


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