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Travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux first came to Africa as a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer. Now in Last Train to Zona Verde ($27.00), he returns, after fifty years on the road, to explore the little-traveled territory of western Africa. His odyssey takes him overland from Cape Town through 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 elephant-back safari before venturing back through the north of Namibia into Angola, up 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?”
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 on Cape Cod.
The world’s most acclaimed travel writer journeys through western Africa from Cape Town to the Congo.