Dark Star Safari

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Dark Star Safari
First edition
Author Paul Theroux
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
from the BBC programme Bookclub, September 1, 2013.[1]

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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.[2] Theroux had lived in Africa as a young and idealistic early member of the Peace Corps[3] 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[edit]

  1. Lighting Out
  2. The Mother of the World
  3. Up and Down the Nile
  4. The Dervishes of Omdurman
  5. The Osama Road to Nubia
  6. The Djibouti Line to Harar
  7. The Longest Road in Africa
  8. Figawi Safari on the Bandit Road
  9. Rift Valley Days
  10. Old Friends in Bat Valley
  11. The MV Umoja Across Lake Victoria
  12. The Bush Train to Dar es Salaam
  13. The Kilimanjaro Express to Mbeya
  14. Through the Outposts of the Plateau
  15. The Back Road to Soche Hill School
  16. River Safari to the Coast
  17. Invading Drummond's Farm
  18. The Bus Border Bus to South Africa
  19. The Hominids of Johannesburg
  20. The Wild Things at Mala Mala
  21. Faith, Hope and Charity on the Limpopo Line
  22. The Trans-Karoo Express to Cape Town
  23. Blue Train Blues


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