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November 11, 2020 at 2:55 pm #9639Tressie ZafferGuest
Facing the Congo
A Modern-Day Journey into the Heart of Darkness
by Jeffrey Tayler
- ISBN: 9780609808269 (0609808265)
- Language: english
- Publisher: Broadway Books
- Release date: October 9, 2001
- Format: paperback, 288 pages
- Genres: africa, travel, adventure, memoir, history, biography, travelogue
- Author: Jeffrey Tayler
About The Book
Faced with an identity crisis in his work and his life, seasoned traveler and journalist Jeffrey Tayler made a bold decision. He would leave behind his mundane existence in Moscow to re-create the legendary British explorer Henry Stanley’s trip down the Congo in a dugout canoe, stocked with food, medicine, and even a gun-toting guide. But once his tiny boat pushed off the banks of this mysterious river, Tayler realized he was in a place where maps and supplies would have no bearing on his survival. As Tayler navigates this immense waterway, he encounters a land of smothering heat and intense rains, wary villagers, corrupt officials and dead-eyed soldiers demanding bribes, jungle animals, mosquitoes, and, surprisingly, breathtaking natural beauty.
Filled with honesty and rich description, Facing the Congo is a sophisticated depiction of today’s Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country brought to its knees by a succession of despotic leaders. But most mportant, Tayler’s stunning narrative is a deeply satisfying personal journey of fear and awakening, with a message that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt compelled, whether in life or in fantasy, to truly explore and experience our world.
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