An exciting travel book about Mozambique that has been compared to the work of Raban and Chatwin. At one stage Mozambique was seen as an African basket cases, having come through a revolution during the seventies that was followed, as night follows day, by nearly 15 years of civil war between the forces of Renamo and Frelimo. It has miraculously been pulled back from the brink, and in some part, this book is a celebration of that. It's an adventure story that doesn't pull its punches: much of Mozambique is dirty, disorganised and unhygienic and Justin Fox never draws back from the reality. This is a totally unsentimental account of contemporary Mozambique, which is the source of much of the humour in the writing - for it is also a very funny book. Fox writes of his family's history and uses the imagery of prints - footprints, animal spoor, black and white photographs - to weave a sophisticated but very accessible account of contemporary south east Africa and its complexities. The journey takes him from the South African border to Ibo Island and Pangane, nearly as far north as the Ruvuma River. His party gets dysentery, malaria and footworm; but they also get to see some of the great conservancies of south east Africa in their raw state and a chunk of Lusitanian Africa that most Anglo Saxons don't get to rave on. And woven through the tale of the journey is a love story and a young man's quest for answers about himself, life, death, the Universe and the whole damn thing. It's a great book. Read it.
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Book Description Kwela Books, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0795701446
Book Description Kwela Books, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110795701446
Book Description Kwela Books, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-051-64-0399700