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Trader Horn: A Young Man's Astounding Adventures in 19th Century Equatorial Africa

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This is the stuff of legends — the true story of the life of Trader Horn. Down on his luck in old age, Horn recounts his wild youth as an ivory trader in central Africa, journeying into jungles teaming with buffalo, gorillas, and man-eating leopards; liberating an Isorga princess from captivity; navigating treacherous rivers; freeing slaves; and meeting Cecil Rhodes, the f ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 20th 2002 by Travelers' Tales (first published 1928)
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David Jacka
Nov 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Reading the reviews of Trader Horn I felt like I had just read a completely different book. It may have fooled people when it was first published in 1927 but to read the 2002 edition is an insult to intelligence. If he were a trader, he would have been aware of, but does not mention, the near genocide of the Africans in the Congo region for the harvesting of rubber and collection of ivory. If anyone is interested in the real story get a copy of King Leopold’s Ghost or Conrad’s Heart of Darkness ...more
Caleb
Jul 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was the basis of the 1931 jungle adventure film of the same name, a film that was once extremely popular and influential, but now hard to even find. As it turns out, the film was quite loosely based on the book, which varies so much that it's something of a wonder they kept the name.

The structure of the book is unusual, in that each chapter features Horn's own autobiographical writing about his time in late 19th century Africa, and then Lewis' transcription of his talking to her about
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Richard Radosevich
Revealing story about late 19th century European activity in Western Equatorial Africa. At this time, Europeans were not even aware of the existence of gorillas (they were called dawnbreakers). There was great demand for rubber (which was obtained from wild vines not trees), ivory and exotic hardwoods which were the main items of commerce Trader Horn sought. Slaves were still being actively traded but Trader Horn did not participate in the slave trade. Trader Horn had to contend with crocodiles, ...more
Bruno Gagnon
Jun 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Won this book, so I didn't pick it up. I enjoyed the read and movement between narrations and the flashbacks. I loved the character Alfred Aloysius a simple man in the looks selling kitchen stuff door to door but with a great past of adventure. The action takes place in the jungle with a lot of action; gorilla hunting, elephant attack, tribes war, princess kidnapping, etc... Made me think of Indiana Jones ancestor but with more muscles...I would like to rent to 1931 movie. Remind me of Tarzan to ...more
Kay
Aug 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
Pure bunkum, as far as I can tell, but lively entertainment all the same. An old scalliwag's life as a trader on the Ivory Coast. You be the judge of how much is real and how much is hyperbole. ...more
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Complete title: Horn, Trader. Trader Horn; being the life and works of Aloysius Horn, an "Old Visiter" ... the first book he wrote was "The Ivory Coast in the Earlies" written by himself just prior to 1926 when he would have been 65 years old, with such of his philosophy as is the gift of age and experience, taken down and here edited by Ethelreda Lewis; with a foreword b
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