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Stanley by Tim Jeal
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Mar 04, 09

it was ok
bookshelves: exploration, history, unfinished
Read in March, 2009

I only lasted through 1/4 of Jeal's book (I stopped right after Stanley "found" Livingstone). While the title is accurate - the circumstances of Stanley's life are amazingly unlikely - this account is written too academically to be enjoyable. Jeal spends far too much ink defending his sources and disputing the findings of other authors. These digressions from the actual story, sometimes three pages long on their own, are far too distracting. I look forward to reading someone else's teling of the Stanley story.
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