By Paul Theroux
“Happy back, again within the nation of light,” writes Paul Theroux as he units out on a brand new trip throughout the continent he is aware and loves top. Theroux first got here to Africa as a twenty-two-year-old Peace Corps volunteer, and the pull of the significant land by no means left him. Now he returns, after fifty years at the street, to discover the little-traveled territory of western Africa and to take inventory either one of where and of himself.
His odyssey takes him northward from Cape city, via South Africa and Namibia, then on into Angola, wishing to go farther nonetheless until eventually he reaches the tip of the road. touring by myself in the course of the greenest continent, Theroux encounters an international more and more faraway from either the itineraries of visitors and the hopes of postcolonial independence pursuits. Leaving the Cape city townships, traversing the Namibian bush, passing the looking livestock of the good sunbaked heartland of the savanna, Theroux crosses “the crimson Line” right into a various Africa: “the improvised, slapped-together Africa of tumbled fences and cooking fires, of dust and thatch,” of warmth and poverty, and of roadblocks, mobs, and anarchy. After 2,500 laborious miles, he involves the top of his trip in additional methods than one, a choice he chronicles with quite often unsparing honesty in a bankruptcy known as “What Am I Doing Here?”
Vivid, witty, and fantastically evocative, The final teach to Zona Verde is a becoming ultimate African event from the author whose gimlet eye and easy prose have introduced the realm to generations of readers.