DoctorM's Reviews > Somebody Else: Arthur Rimbaud in Africa 1880-91

Somebody Else by Charles Nicholl
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Jun 27, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, hearts-of-darkness, far-foreign

Everyone remembers Rimbaud the punk poet, and every black-clad teen in the last fifty years has had a copy of "Season in Hell" there on the nightstand. Chas. Nicholl gives us Rimbaud the quarry foreman, the disappointed photographer, the gunrunner, the gaunt expat with the Abyssinian housekeeper/concubine, the merchant with a keen eye for cutting costs. "Somebody Else" is that long, forgotten second act of Rimbaud's life--- the boy from Charleville who disavowed his past (Verlaine, poetry, bohemian life) and went off to the Horn of Africa to 'make something of himself'. Fascinating and sad and full of period detail and local colour.

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Reading Progress

June 27, 2010 – Started Reading
June 27, 2010 – Shelved
June 27, 2010 –
page 86
June 27, 2010 – Shelved as: biography
June 27, 2010 – Shelved as: hearts-of-darkness
June 27, 2010 – Shelved as: far-foreign
July 3, 2010 –
page 234
July 10, 2010 – Finished Reading

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