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 selection--the only work of nonfiction on the 2008 list--Blood 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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A great mix of travel writing and historical overview. - Goodreads
Too self-conscious to be top-tier travel writing. - Goodreads
Lots of good political and historical reference. - Goodreads
Well written and easy to read. - Goodreads
Tim treats his subject with great honesty and insight. - Goodreads
Vivid, encapsulating and a page turner! - Goodreads

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Excellent. The text was clear and had enough reference material to give it serious credibility. It was compelling enough that I reread Heart of Darkness while reading Blood River, I rented the movies ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paula - Goodreads

fantastic, dark, thought provoking journey through the Congo and its broken history. 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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