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Remote People by Evelyn Waugh
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Mar 10, 2011

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bookshelves: africa, travel
Read from February 25 to March 10, 2011

Waugh is, as usual, rather acid and condescending. He doesn't take anybody seriously, himself included. That being said, I didn't start this expecting sensitive portrayals of cultures and people. However, IMO, if anybody ever needed a little historical cutting down to size (sorry, bad phrasing considering his height) it is Haile Selassie, and so far Waugh's description of Selassie's coronation is really funny.

After finishing the entire book, I would say that if you are really interested in the regions he travels through, it's a funny book and will offer another view of many familiar East African characters. But his constant mockery does get a little grating by the end.
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