Travel literature is a tricky business, especially when you’ve traveled half the world already and seem to be a tad cynical. Unlike Theroux’ other work, Dark Star Safari is a lot more about people and problems than about travel.

Let’s start with the obvious: Africa is a complicated continent. It’s huge, it houses hundreds of different tribes and people, and it was left in ruins by some idiotic colonists who thought they could use it as their personal bank account. The outcome of this rather simple equation is that Africa is still trying to find itself, and the solutions to the problems they are currently having. While Dark Star Safari Droughtwas originally written in 2002, many of the problems described by Theroux still exist and many new ones have entered the stage. and failing harvests are only becoming worse, resulting in whole tribes and people being uprooted to find their luck and livelihood elsewhere. However, it is rather unlike Theroux to focus this much on problems instead of travel…

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