My Heart Is Africa

My Heart Is Africa

A Flying Adventure

Book - 2006
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In 1996, successful businessman and certified pilot, Scott Griffin, decided to break from the comfortable routine of his life to go work for the Flying Doctors Service, an African organization that flies doctors to remote areas to administer medical assistance. Griffin also made the daring decision to fly his small, single-engine Cessna 180 solo from Canada to Africa and back again. My Heart is Africa is the engaging, personal story of Griffin's two-year aviation adventure throughout Africa. Facing storms, equipment problems, fuel shortages and isolation, Griffin successfully made his way to Kenya - little did he know, his harrowing flight over the Atlantic was only the beginning of his adventure. Once in Africa, Griffin circumnavigated the continent, flying over deserts, mountains and jungles both as a medical volunteer and tourist. Throughout his journey - which included being arrested and crashing, then re-crashing, his plane - Griffin discovered the heartrending humanity and beauty of Africa.

My Heart is Africa is an absorbing adventure story, but it is also the story of Africa - its problems and people, its landscapes and limitations, its culture and courage. Griffin's intrepid flying odyssey not only takes the reader on a journey across Africa but into the lives of all the doctors, nurses, aid workers and eccentric characters that crossed his path along the way. My Heart is Africa is a fascinating and gripping account of one man's quest to push beyond his personal limits in order to explore and experience a new way of life.

Publisher: Toronto : Thomas Allen Publishers, c2006.
ISBN: 9780887621918
Branch Call Number: 629.13096 Gri
Characteristics: 270 pages, [8] pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.


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Sep 15, 2007

I am finding myself quite ambivalent about this read. Definitely enjoyable and well-written. The author is very obviously a wonderful and charming individual. Margaret Atwood refers to him as one of the great romantics, and after all - he purchased House of Anansi Press, so he's very definitely "one of our own." I think I'm having some gender-bias thing going on here, because I didn't enjoy this book nearly so much as I have enjoyed similar memoirs written by women such as Isak Dinesen or Beryl Markham. Nevertheless, this was a life-changing experience for Mr. Griffin and he shares it very generously with us.

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