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Stanley by Tim Jeal
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Mar 04, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: exploration, history, unfinished

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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Started Reading
March 2, 2009 – Finished Reading
March 4, 2009 – Shelved
March 4, 2009 – Shelved as: exploration
March 4, 2009 – Shelved as: history
September 15, 2010 – Shelved as: unfinished

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