Blood River

Blood River

A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart

eBook - 2007
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A compulsively readable account of an African country now virtually inaccessible to the outside world and one journalist's daring and adventurous journey.

When war correspondent Tim Butcher was sent to cover Africa in 2000 he quickly became obsessed with the idea of recreating H.M. Stanley's famous nineteenth century trans-Africa expedition - but travelling alone.

Despite warnings that his plan was 'suicidal', Butcher set out for the Congo's eastern border with just a rucksack and a few thousand dollars hidden in his boots. Making his way in an assortment of vessels including a motorbike and a dugout canoe, helped along by a cast of unlikely characters, he followed in the footsteps of the great Victorian adventurers.

Butcher's journey was a remarkable feat, but the story of the Congo, told expertly and vividly in this book, is more remarkable still.

'A masterpiece' John Le Carré

'Extraordinary, audacious, completely enthralling' William Boyd

'A remarkable marriage of travelogue and history, which deserves to make Tim Butcher a star for his prose, as well as his courage' Max Hastings

Publisher: London :, Chatto & Windus,, 2007.
ISBN: 9781446420935
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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ChristchurchLib Apr 10, 2016

In this enthralling travelogue, British journalist Tim Butcher recounts his perilous six-week trip retracing both the 1874 expedition of explorer H.M. Stanley and the 1950 genteel trip of his mother along the Congo River. Traveling alone in the war-ravaged country that inspired Joseph Conrad to write Heart of Darkness, Butcher uses an assortment of vehicles (including a motorbike and a dugout canoe) and is aided by unlikely helpers (ranging from U.N. aid workers to a pygmy-rights advocate). Blood River is a "brilliant account of a broken land" (Kirkus Reviews) that anyone interested in the Congo Region should devour.

Sep 06, 2013

Enjoyed it this more than 'Heart of Darkness'. Great work here.

Jun 28, 2012

Mind boggling account of the life along the Congo River with enough history to help explain how things could go so horribly wrong for country.

Feb 14, 2012

I'm surprised I checked this book out but I'm really glad I did. The book held my attention. The author not only described his journey but included a lot of history since the late 1800's of the Congo region. This is truly a very sad place.

My only criticisms would be not enough pictures (I did go to his website for more pics) and it is hard to believe he didn't have more trouble than he wrote about.

m2 Feb 03, 2011

Wow! Get the true story of Africa's Heart of Darkness. Heartrending.

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