Paul Theroux's Ultimate African Safari

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Celebrated travel writer Paul Theroux first went to Africa as a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer, and the pull of the continent never left him. In The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari, he tells what it was like to return, after 50 years on the road, to explore the little-traveled territory of western Africa and to take stock both of the place and of himself.


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Comments [7]


Unbelievably great segment. The only negative is that they did not talk for another hour or two, I would have loved to have seen where this conversation went! Stunning even for Lopate.

May. 30 2013 03:51 PM
john from office

Yes becky, Africa is a paradise, like the lion king. Everyone is noble and pleasent.

May. 23 2013 01:01 PM

Great segment!!!

I rode for hours with my brand new language (French) when I was still but a teen - a fellow from Cameroon was on his way to Geneva where he was studying finance - He tried and tried to teach me to click (through French, our common language)

I also spent time in brutally rural Latin America - "third world" - so long ago

May. 23 2013 12:58 PM
The Truth from Becky

OMGoodness! Charming character...not

May. 23 2013 12:57 PM

I found Theroux's irascibility rather charming in small doses, as in "Great Railway Bazaar." But his unpleasantness seemed to overtake and seriously cloud the other books I've read. It's a shame that this one, which seems to invite a bad reaction, doesn't really seem unique in tone.

He sounds much more pleasant than he reads, imo.

May. 23 2013 12:51 PM
DAN MASON from manhattan

I am a Paul Theroux addict! I wonder what the worst thing he ever ate was? Maybe it was in US? Ha!!

May. 23 2013 12:51 PM
The Truth from Becky

WOW, I can't wait to go to Africa! "from one hell hole to another"! Wow, now he is back peddling on the comment.

May. 23 2013 12:50 PM

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