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Inhaltsangabe: “A fast-paced look at white personalities in Africa, a few well-knowns from the past and a few collected by the author in recent years . . . Denis Boyles knows the territory well.”—The New York Times Book Review
In a series of ebullient and evocative portraits, journalist Denis Boyles chronicles the white men and women who journeyed to Africa in the twentieth century, seeking things they couldn’t find at home.
Daredevil flyers and dedicated missionaries, intrepid explorers, and charming con men—they all turn up in African Lives. You’ll meet General Charles George “Chinese” Gordon, who, as governor of Equatoria in the 1870s, mapped the region, drove out slave traders, and made the area safe for travelers. There is gossip about Beryl Markham and Isak Dinesen, who were legendary rivals in literature and in love. There are also sketches of such colorful figures as Patrick Shaw, the 300-pound “Clint Eastwood” of Kenya, and George Pappas, a self-made millionaire pilot.
Vivid, provocative, and insightful, African Lives is a testimony to the continent’s hold on the popular imagination.
“Entertaining . . . jazzy . . . Boyles’ prose has a certain cheeky charm, and he spins some good yarns.”—The Washington Post
From Publishers Weekly:
Supplementing his experiences in Africa with tales from other books and adding gossip, freelance writer Boyles here wisecracks his way through the Dark Continent, singling out exploits of adventurers he has met or heard about. Among them: Patrick David Shaw, a 300-pound Nairobi school administrator who freelances as a terrifying white cop in a black neighborhood; Emin Pasha (originally Silesian-born Eduard Schnitzer), who created and ran Equatoria, in the southern Sudan, until he was ousted by the Rambo of explorers, H. M. Stanley; Staffan Domingo de-Mistura, a "movie-perfect, hemi-Italian aristo-activist," whose brainchild, Operation Rainbow, was one of the most troubled and troublesome emergency food-and-medicine airlifts in recent memory. Boyles goes along on relief flights with the cargo cowboys who fly beat-up planes, most notably "George Pappas," who amassed $2 million in two years"not bad for a guy who had landed in Africa on the run from a batch of law enforcement and tax agencies and an angry wife." Some of these stories appeared originally in Alan Moorehead's works and in books by or about Isak Dinesen and Beryl Markham, but they are fun to read again in Boyles' livelier versions.
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