The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari
Following the success of the acclaimed Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and The Great Railway Bazaar, The Last Train to Zona Verde is an ode to the last African journey of the world's most celebrated travel writer.
“Happy again, back in the kingdom of light,” writes Paul Theroux as he sets out on a new journey through the continent he knows and loves best. Theroux first came to Africa as a twenty-two-year-old Peace Corps volunteer, and the pull of the vast land never left him. Now he returns, after fifty years on the road, to explore the little-traveled territory of western Africa and to take stock both of the place and of himself.
His odyssey takes him northward from Cape Town, through South Africa and Namibia, then on into Angola, wishing to head farther still until he reaches the end of the line. Journeying alone through the greenest continent, Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of postcolonial independence movements. Leaving the Cape Town townships, traversing the Namibian bush, passing the browsing cattle of the great sunbaked heartland of the savanna, Theroux crosses “the Red Line” into a different Africa: “the improvised, slapped-together Africa of tumbled fences and cooking fires, of mud and thatch,” of heat and poverty, and of roadblocks, mobs, and anarchy. After 2,500 arduous miles, he comes to the end of his journey in more ways than one, a decision he chronicles with typically unsparing honesty in a chapter called “What Am I Doing Here?”
Vivid, witty, and beautifully evocative, The Last Train to Zona Verde is a fitting final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of readers.
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Review: The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African SafariUser Review - Katy - Goodreads
I don't know if it's a function of his age or something else -- reality? -- but Paul Theroux seems even more pessimistic and critical than in the predecessor to this book, Dark Star Safari. In that ... Read full review
Review: The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African SafariUser Review - Chad - Goodreads
Theroux is such a cynic about Africa, but he's a beautiful, engaging writer. He makes you cringe at the squalor of the shanty towns of Angola and yet still want to travel to that part of the world ... Read full review
1 Among the Unreal People
2 The Train from Khayelitsha
The Spirit of the Cape
4 The Night Bus to Windhoek
5 Night Train from Swakopmund
6 The Bush Track to Tsumkwe
7 Ceremony at the Crossroads
8 Among the Real People
12 Three Pieces of Chicken
13 Volunteering in Lubango
14 The Slave Yards of Benguela
The Improvised City
16 This Is What the World Will Look Like When It Ends
17 What Am I Doing Here?
The Ultimate Safari
10 The Hungry Herds at Etosha
11 The Frontier of Bad Karma