DARK STAR SAFARI: OVERLAND FROM CAIRO TO CAPE TOWN Reading Theroux may make you cancel your plane tickets and settle in at home instead for a great read. The sometime novelist (The Mosquito Coast)…
Book Review

DARK STAR SAFARI: OVERLAND FROM CAIRO TO CAPE TOWN

Details Writer: Paul Theroux

Reading Theroux may make you cancel your plane tickets and settle in at home instead for a great read. The sometime novelist (The Mosquito Coast) is at his most masterful with Dark Star Safari, which charts his recent and rocky trek through Africa. From a trip down the Zambezi River with an eccentric, doped-up boatman to a politically enlightening visit with a white Zimbabwean farmer, Theroux embeds himself in the daily life of the continent as few tourists could, or would dare. As he crosses the border into Malawi, he recalls filling out a visa application form: ''Under 'Occupation' I wrote 'Teacher,' though I wanted to write 'Provocateur.''' Theroux has earned the right to call himself both.

Originally posted Mar 28, 2003 Published in issue #702 Mar 28, 2003 Order article reprints