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Living The Best Day Ever

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published 2013 by Hendri Coetzee Trust
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Eileen
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Africa. A continent few of us will get to explore. And here is a young man, kayaking down rivers, through the Congo, through areas still unmapped and explored. Much more than a memoir, it addresses many questions about the continent, its peoples, the interactions and cultural nuances. Through it we can question our own attitudes toward what is life, how we enjoy ( or not) the events, the risks, and the possibilities that life presents
What exactly is it that makes a life worthwhile, that makes a
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Tobias Taylor
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Africa is a land of opportunity, a wild frontier where you can, with guts and determination, do just about anything and, as most governments in the world daily demonstrate in their collective rape of the continent, morals are optional."

Like most great adventurers, Hendri used kayaks as a means to an end - barges, rafts, bicycles, and feet would all also do. He lived every day as the BEST DAY EVER and so it was. His raw truth is obvious as it stabs home page after page through his careful script
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Nancy Schober
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Zen and the art of white water kayaking on the Nile and Congo rivers. Hang on tight! It's going to be a bumpy and very enjoyable ride ...more
Graham Spence
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book

In the comments section on a magazine tribute to Coetzee, someone wrote "Hendri you lived while the rest of us slept." That says it all.
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Andy Bisson
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time favourite books.
Amazing author. Interesting African culture. Especially interesting for me as a paddler and adventure sports enthusiast.
Olivia-Petra Coman
One of the few books that I devoured over the years.
Perfect companion for lovers of travel and adventure, designed by a man who truly lived his life!
sarah parker
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of this books speaks for itself. Each day this guy lives as a guide is indeed the best day ever, since he survived it. The things he survives would be cause to celebrate, though much of those times were poorly thought out and poorly carried out. The thing that matters most to him is excitement, a thrill. Often on a suicidal level. I did ask myself if he was on a suicide mission. Some of the situations he found himself in leads the reader to think he is either suicidal or a full blown i ...more
Michael
Took me forever because I mostly read a few pages at a time, over lunch at work. The story is better than the book. Stories, not story. They're really good. They don't hang together as a book very well, but that doesn't matter a whole lot. ...more
Dinah Might
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
really enjoyed reading this book
a good read for kayakers and non kayakers alike
much of his commentary applies to everyday life and not just explorer-ing
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