Dark Star Safari
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Dark Star Safari (2002) is a written account of a trip taken by author Paul Theroux 'overland from Cairo to Cape Town' via trains, buses, cars, and armed convoy. Theroux had lived in Africa as a young and idealistic early member of the Peace Corps and part of the reason for this trip was to assess the impact on Africa of the many years of "helping" from Western countries. His assessment is generally critical of the long-term impact of aid programs.
Throughout the duration of the trip Theroux describes the writing of an erotic novella. This novella was eventually published in 2003, amongst a collection of short stories, as "The Stranger at the Palazzo D'Oro".
Chapters of Book
- Lighting Out
- The Mother of the World
- Up and Down the Nile
- The Dervishes of Omdurman
- The Osama Road to Nubia
- The Djibouti Line to Harar
- The Longest Road in Africa
- Figawi Safari on the Bandit Road
- Rift Valley Days
- Old Friends in Bat Valley
- The MV Umoja Across Lake Victoria
- The Bush Train to Dar es Salaam
- The Kilimanjaro Express to Mbeya
- Through the Outposts of the Plateau
- The Back Road to Soche Hill School
- River Safari to the Coast
- Invading Drummond's Farm
- The Bus Border Bus to South Africa
- The Hominids of Johannesburg
- The Wild Things at Mala Mala
- Faith, Hope and Charity on the Limpopo Line
- The Trans-Karoo Express to Cape Town
- Blue Train Blues
- Rossouw, Henk. "Classic review: Dark Star Safari", Christian Science Monitor, 27 September 2009.
- Kirkus Reviews. "Dark Star Safari", [Kirkus Reviews], 15 December 2002.
- Gerhart, Gail M. "Dark Star Safari: Overland From Cairo to Cape Town", Foreign Affairs, November/December 2003.
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