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.
I had a couple of false starts with this book, but after I got over the first couple of chapters I was hooked. Took it to work with me and read it while getting gas. A real look in to the real Africa. No rose colored lenses here.55
Enjoyed reading this travel log with history and personal tidbits thrown in. He is not only a great writer but a brave soul for undertaking such a journey.45
This book for me was one of Paul Theroux's absolute best. The writing is perfection. He managed to capture the essence of the Africa that I have come to know and love and the amazing spirit of the people as he travelled through several countries. I just LOVED the book.... I am a huge Paul Theroux fan and have not been disappointed when reading his books over the years. It will restore your faith in humanity.55