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Chasing the Devil by Tim Butcher
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Aug 18, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: history-non-fiction, travel-writing
Read from August 18 to 26, 2012

TB's wife made him take out platinum insurance before embarking on this journey and no wonder. This as much a history of Liberia as it is travel writing and it's very enjoyable as both. The author follows the route taken by Graham Greene in 1935 and finds little changed in many respects. It's not as exciting as his trip through the Congo nor, arguably, as dangerous but it's just as shocking in terms of what we learn about the country and the daily struggles of the people. We also gain insight into Greene's character and his writing and you have to admire him and his cousin, Barbara, for undertaking such an arduous and dangerous journey before GPS, mobile phones, etc. TB is an excellent writer / journalist and I'm looking forward already to his next book, whatever that might be.
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