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'Africans I discovered have a uniue talent for finding happiness where others would find only misery' While working in Tanzania in the s British doctor Theodore Dalrymple hatched a plan to cross Africa using only public. As always highly amusing and very witty the doc goes to strange places although not always exactly recommending them One country I definitely don t feel like visiting now if I ever did is Euatorial Guinea But I m glad Dalrymple did

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Zanzibar to Timbuktu

This humorous beautifully written and sharply observed travelogueTheodore Dalrymple is the author of many books including 'If Symptoms Persist' 'Second Zanzibar to eBook #209 Opinion' and 'The Policeman and the Brothel'. After working as a doctor in Africa for several years Theodore Dalrymple was once again gripped by wanderlust This is his 1988 travelogue of his journeys across the continent largely by bus train boat taxi and motorbike The only optimistic observation in it is Yet despite the oppression the corruption the ever worsening economies the ignorance and disease the poverty the dirt and the disorientating change Africa is not a continent of misery There is general gloom in Europe For Africans I discovered have a uniue talent for finding happiness where others would find only misery But this observation is really closer to damning with faint praise than genuine optimismThe conditions in all the countries are universally appalling varying only from awful to horrific Dalrymple convincingly identifies this with the stupefying levels of corruption incompetence and tribalism The Africans he meets concede that conditions everywhere are bad and getting worse But they doubt that it could be otherwise and disbelieve Dalrymple when he points out that conditions in other countries have improved over recent decades Some long for a return to Western rule having despaired of African rule every attempt at which has been an abject failure But he who had been born five years after Ghana s independence was unshakeably of the opinion there was no hope for Ghana or the rest of Africa until the white man returned to ruleDalrymple admits that he is sick of the journey and the book project by halfway through not an auspicious sign for readers many of whom will be sick of it too I have read than a dozen of Dalrymple s books but I think this is his weakest the only 3 star rating I have given to any of his books

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Transport Avoiding planes his journey took him by bus lorry train boat and canoe Along the way he encountered corruption poverty and oppression as well as pragmatic and cheerful travelling companions and the result is. The author travels through several African countries Book is full of great details Dalrymple his real name is Anthony Daniels observes great details and describes many funny scenes The basic message of the book many people in Africa are poor but not miserable They make the best of it and most are in good spirits even with meager means Many Brits though Anthony Daniels is British are not poor but miserable Highly recommended


8 thoughts on “Zanzibar to Timbuktu

  1. says:

    As always highly amusing and very witty the doc goes to strange places although not always exactly recommending them One country I definitely don't feel like visiting now if I ever did is Euatorial Guinea But I'm glad Dalrymple did

  2. says:

    Written in the late 1980s the author documents his travels across Africa from East to West He is a funny guy with a sarcastic tongue He travels like a local but seemed to spend a lot of time in bars with ex pats getting visas paying bribes and describing the various canoes boats trains cars trucks motor bikes and aircraft he travelled on It's entertaining enough but not one of the better travel books

  3. says:

    The author travels through several African countries Book is full of great details Dalrymple his real name is Anthony Daniels observes great details and describes many funny scenes The basic message of the book many people in Africa are poor but not miserable They make the best of it and most are in good spirits even with meager

  4. says:

    Fascinating and entertaining A joy to read Daniel's humour wit and elouence enliven this tour of a seemingly broken continent After reading this I now believe that author Jack Vance must have traveled in Africa his alien landscapes have never s

  5. says:

    Every story the Dr told was interesting

  6. says:

    After working as a doctor in Africa for several years Theodore Dalrymple was once again gripped by wanderlust T

  7. says:

    I recently discovered the writings of Anthony Daniels aka Theodore Dalrymple through an essay published in an Eng

  8. says:

    This is the story of the author's trip through Africa in the 80s mostly by the way most Africans would have travelled It's an interesting description of daily life there the dangers the petty officialdom the bullying the extortion the lack of future for so many people The author has a very clear writing style and a satir

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