Blood River

Blood River

A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart

Book - 2008
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The author recounts his perilous quest through the Congo as he retraced the 1874 expedition of explorer H.M. Stanley to map the Congo River, traveling by an assortment of vehicles, and aided by characters ranging from U.N. aid workers to a pygmy-rights advocate.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press ; London : Vintage, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802118776
Characteristics: xvi, 363 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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ChristchurchLib Apr 10, 2016

In this enthralling travelogue, British journalist Tim Butcher recounts his perilous six-week trip retracing both the 1874 expedition of explorer H.M. Stanley and the 1950 genteel trip of his mother along the Congo River. Traveling alone in the war-ravaged country that inspired Joseph Conrad to write Heart of Darkness, Butcher uses an assortment of vehicles (including a motorbike and a dugout canoe) and is aided by unlikely helpers (ranging from U.N. aid workers to a pygmy-rights advocate). Blood River is a "brilliant account of a broken land" (Kirkus Reviews) that anyone interested in the Congo Region should devour.

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Ronald1840
Sep 06, 2013

Enjoyed it this more than 'Heart of Darkness'. Great work here.

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888Buster
Jun 28, 2012

Mind boggling account of the life along the Congo River with enough history to help explain how things could go so horribly wrong for country.

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janas47
Feb 14, 2012

I'm surprised I checked this book out but I'm really glad I did. The book held my attention. The author not only described his journey but included a lot of history since the late 1800's of the Congo region. This is truly a very sad place.

My only criticisms would be not enough pictures (I did go to his website for more pics) and it is hard to believe he didn't have more trouble than he wrote about.

m2 Feb 03, 2011

Wow! Get the true story of Africa's Heart of Darkness. Heartrending.

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