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Blood River

2008 . Travel, Nonfiction . Tim Butcher

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About the book

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"When Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher was sent to cover Africa in 2000 he quickly became obsessed with the idea of recreating H. M. Stanley's famous expedition - but travelling alone. Despite warnings that his plan was 'suicidal', Butcher set out for the Congo's eastern border with just a rucksack and a few thousand dollars hidden in his boots. Making his way in an assortment of vessels including a motorbike and a dugout canoe, helped along by a cast of characters from UN aid workers to a campaigning pygmy, he followed in the footsteps of the great Victorian adventurers. Butcher's journey was a remarkable feat, but the story of the Congo, told expertly and vividly in this book, is more remarkable still."--Back cover.

Year:

2008

Language:

English

Publisher:

Vintage

Pages:

363

ISBN:

0099494280 (ISBN13: 9780099494287)

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Reviews

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Annie Spencer image

2 years ago

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Great recommendation from @ElliotBath. Fascinating insight into the Congo, the way of living, the politics, the tribulations. The only piece that annoyed me was the obsession and continually call back to when Stanley the explorer did the same route - I really wanted to hear the author’s adventure in its own right. Otherwise, really great read!

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Elliot Bath

2 years ago

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Really interesting insight into the history of the Congo

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