Also found under the titles: Find the Boy, and Sammy Goes South. A Huck Finn kind of story about an orphan who leaves Egypt and walks the length of AfAlso found under the titles: Find the Boy, and Sammy Goes South. A Huck Finn kind of story about an orphan who leaves Egypt and walks the length of Africa in search of his Aunt in Durban South Africa. Sammy meets a cast of characters along the way; some who offer compassionate aid, and some who see only profit in helping the boy get to his destination. After witnessing horrific sights that cause him to withdraw and not trust anyone Sammy finally meets up with a poacher and diamond trader with a heart of gold who knows just what to say to help the boy heal. You will root for Sammy the entire way. Read for adventure, narrative of Africa, Arab culture, vignettes of good, evil, greed, jealousy, and love....more
Such a compelling book. I consider myself a lover of puzzles and numbers but I never knew people like this existed. People who memorize 27 decks of caSuch a compelling book. I consider myself a lover of puzzles and numbers but I never knew people like this existed. People who memorize 27 decks of cards in one hour or 83,000 digits of pi. Really fascinating. And I picked up a few memory tips as well!...more
This is a fun read for anyone who has been on safari in Africa, or anyone curious about what goes on behiThis is Africa, True Tales of a Safari Guide.
This is a fun read for anyone who has been on safari in Africa, or anyone curious about what goes on behind the scenes in the life of a safari guide. Mat Dry recounts anecdotes, some humorous, some that give pause, of his life as an American working as a guide in South Africa. His love and respect of The Bush and his passion of introducing clients to the wonders of African wildlife makes the reader wish every guide were as conscientious as the author. I like how he lets the reader in on his dealings with the people he encounters. From a client who is having a horrific reaction to his malaria drugs, to a man named Yusuf who rents a hamburger so that Mat will give him some money on Zanzibar, Dry takes the reader along with him as he wrestles with the challenges each situation presents and the unique methods he must use to resolve them because, as he says, "this is Africa."
This book will also intrigue anyone who is thinking of a career as a guide in Africa. If this is your dream, Mat shows you how you can do it, even if you weren't born in Africa. ...more
How can one man be so generous, caring, humble, AND funny?! It may sound strange but Steve Mazan's diagnosis of cancer may be one of the best things tHow can one man be so generous, caring, humble, AND funny?! It may sound strange but Steve Mazan's diagnosis of cancer may be one of the best things that ever happened to him. After learning he has cancer, he begins to ask himself, "What have I always been dying to do?" Since he was a kid, he thought appearing on Late Night with David Letterman would be the greatest thing that could ever happen to him. He grew up and became a professional comic but try as he might, a booking on the Letterman show eluded him. In his book, Mazan details with incredible humor how his childhood dream of "dying to do Letterman" suddenly became an urgent goal. He gives himself a year to do anything he can to get on the show and perform a set for Dave and millions of others.
Mazan talks openly about the effects a cancer diagnosis has on marriage, living out his dreams, and hopes for the future. The thing I like best about the book is that I felt like I was sitting comfortably in his living room while he told me his story. The book is free from pretense. Anyone needing some laughs, or inspiration to finally live their dreams and turn "someday" into "today" will benefit by reading this book.
I was lucky to see the premiere of Steve's movie "Dying to do Letterman" at the Cinequest Film Festival and receive on of his "Dying to..." buttons. I didn't hesitate. "I'm dying to go to Africa!" A few months later, I went to Africa for four months. The button still hangs on a chalkboard in my kitchen reminding me that life is short and that we all should live our dreams everyday. ...more
I love Africa and travel there often but I had never heard of Ewart Grogan, the first man to cross the length of Africa. I was anxious to read JulianI love Africa and travel there often but I had never heard of Ewart Grogan, the first man to cross the length of Africa. I was anxious to read Julian Smith's book detailing the exploits of this determined explorer.
More than a century ago Grogan set off on a 4000 mile journey across the heart of Africa. This was a time of grand expeditions and contests to be "first" somewhere, but Grogan didn't risk his life crossing Africa on foot for fame or fortune. He did it for love. He was a man desperately in love yet not "in the same class" as the woman he loved. He knew that the only way to her hand was through her father. He hoped crossing a continent would be the grand gesture needed to prove his love. Though Grogan was away for years, his fiance stayed true to him. When Grogan arrived back at her doorstep, his future father in law was duly impressed.
A hundred years later, author and adventurer Julian Smith is on the verge of marriage and endeavors to retrace Grogan's footsteps while contemplating if marriage, for him, would be an end, or a new beginning. He barely makes it back to the States in time for the wedding. While in Africa, Julian encountered many of the same obstacles (malaria, disease, wild animals) that Grogan faced. But a hundred years later, intensely populated, and at times war-torn Africa, make the author's journey equally challenging to Grogan's.
I can't thank the author enough for writing this book. I am fascinated by Grogan and what lengths a man will go to for love. If you like romance, adventure, and Africa, you are sure to love this book....more
Teresa O’Kane had always longed to see the world. She owned scads of travel books and maps to prove it and was about to buy yet another bookcase to hoTeresa O’Kane had always longed to see the world. She owned scads of travel books and maps to prove it and was about to buy yet another bookcase to hold the many Lonely Planet guides and travel essays that she and her husband had accumulated over the years when she turned to her husband and said, “I’m tired of storing our dreams. Let’s live them!” Within a month, they bought one-way tickets to Morocco, leased out their home, and set out on a journey of the African Continent top to bottom, from Casablanca to Cape Town. Transiting seventeen countries in 10 months, mostly by public transport, they explored wild, exotic, and historic locations they had only dreamed of and some they had never heard of. From sandy Timbuktu, to a tiny lemur populated island in Madagascar, the author embraces Africa. She strokes the manes of lions, contracts malaria, flies a micro light over Victoria Falls, earns a level one certification as a South African safari guide, discovers that an insect has turned her foot into a nursery for hundreds of eggs, grapples with the negative effects of foreign aid, and rubs elbows with European royalty deep within the Dogon in Mali. O’Kane offers an entertaining and enlightening look into overland travel on the African continent. Filled with helpful budget minded travel tips, this inspiring book may find you yearning to take a career break of your own.