The world’s most acclaimed travel writer takes us on a final African journey, from Cape Town to Angola.
“Happy again, back in the kingdom of light,” writes Theroux as he sets out on a new journey though the continent he knows and loves best. He first came to Africa as a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer. Now he returns, after fifty years on the road, to explore the little-traveled territory of western Africa and to take stock of both the place and himself. His odyssey takes him overland from Cape Town through Cape Province of South Africa, then to Namibia, where he realizes an old dream of visiting the San People (Bushmen) in the far northeast. In Botswana he enjoys an amazing elephant-back safari before venturing back through the north of Namibia into Angola, almost to the Congo. After 2,500 arduous miles through the bush, he comes to the end of his journey in more ways than one, a decision he chronicles with typical irascible honesty in a chapter called “What Am I Doing Here?”
This is a fitting final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of readers.