The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Travel - 353 pages
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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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User Review  - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing

The latest book from one of my favorite travel writers. In this book he returns to Africa for one final journey? Narrated in it's pages are travels to South Africa, Namibia and Angola. Travelling as ... Read full review

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User Review  - St.CroixSue - LibraryThing

Theroux has been one of the preeminent travel writers of my generation, and it is always a pleasure to read his travel narratives that transports the reader to the unlikely outer reaches of ... Read full review

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Contents

1 Among the Unreal People
1
2 The Train from Khayelitsha
14
The Spirit of the Cape
40
4 The Night Bus to Windhoek
59
5 Night Train from Swakopmund
79
6 The Bush Track to Tsumkwe
102
7 Ceremony at the Crossroads
118
8 Among the Real People
134
12 Three Pieces of Chicken
222
13 Volunteering in Lubango
242
14 The Slave Yards of Benguela
268
The Improvised City
297
16 This Is What the World Will Look Like When It Ends
320
17 What Am I Doing Here?
333
Back Flap
355
Back Cover
356

The Ultimate Safari
160
10 The Hungry Herds at Etosha
180
11 The Frontier of Bad Karma
200
Spine
357
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PAUL THEROUX is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari . He lives in Hawaii and Cape Cod.

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