By Paul Theroux
“Happy back, again within the country of light,” writes Paul Theroux as he units out on a brand new trip in the course of the continent he is familiar with and loves top. Theroux first got here to Africa as a twenty-two-year-old Peace Corps volunteer, and the pull of the giant land by no means left him. Now he returns, after fifty years at the highway, to discover the little-traveled territory of western Africa and to take inventory either one of where and of himself.
His odyssey takes him northward from Cape city, via South Africa and Namibia, then on into Angola, wishing to move farther nonetheless till he reaches the top of the road. visiting on my own throughout the greenest continent, Theroux encounters a global more and more faraway from either the itineraries of visitors and the hopes of postcolonial independence pursuits. Leaving the Cape city townships, traversing the Namibian bush, passing the looking farm animals of the good sunbaked heartland of the savanna, Theroux crosses “the crimson Line” right into a diverse Africa: “the improvised, slapped-together Africa of tumbled fences and cooking fires, of dust and thatch,” of warmth and poverty, and of roadblocks, mobs, and anarchy. After 2,500 onerous miles, he involves the tip of his trip in additional methods than one, a call he chronicles with often unsparing honesty in a bankruptcy known as “What Am I Doing Here?”
Vivid, witty, and wonderfully evocative, The final teach to Zona Verde is a becoming ultimate African event from the author whose gimlet eye and easy prose have introduced the area to generations of readers.