Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart

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Grove Press, 2007 - History - 363 pages
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Published to rave reviews in the United Kingdom and named a Richard & Judy Book Club selectionóthe only work of nonfiction on the 2008 listóBlood River is the harrowing and audacious story of Tim Butcher's journey in the Congo and his retracing of renowned explorer H. M. Stanley's famous 1874 expedition in which he mapped the Congo River. When Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher was sent to Africa in 2000 he quickly became obsessed with the legendary Congo River and the idea of re-creating Stanley's legendary journey along the three-thousand-mile waterway. 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 vehicles, including a motorbike and a dugout canoe, helped along by a cast of characters from UN aid workers to a pygmy-rights advocate, he followed in the footsteps of the great Victorian adventurers. An utterly absorbing narrative that chronicles Tim Butcher's forty-four-day journey along the Congo River, Blood River is an unforgettable story of exploration and survival.

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User Review  - Aidan Williams - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book, mainly because it dealt with a journey in a country that is a bit "off-limits" is that makes sense. It was a fascinating journey brought vividly to the reader by Tim ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alicia - Goodreads

After several days of reflection, I will increase this rating to four stars. I read this book as I was reading Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild . It proved to be an interesting comparison and contrast ... Read full review

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Tim Butcher is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author. His first book, "Blood River", was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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