Blood River

Blood River

A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart

Book - 2008
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Published to rave reviews in the United Kingdom and named a Richard & Judy Book Club selection--the only work of nonfiction on the 2008 list-- Blood River is the harrowing and audacious story of Tim Butcher's journey in the Congo and his retracing of renowned explorer H. M. Stanley's famous 1874 expedition in which he mapped the Congo River. When Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher was sent to Africa in 2000 he quickly became obsessed with the legendary Congo River and the idea of re-creating Stanley's legendary journey along the three-thousand-mile waterway. Despite warnings that his plan was suicidal, Butcher set out for the Congo's eastern border with just a rucksack and a few thousand dollars hidden in his boots. Making his way in an assortment of vehicles, including a motorbike and a dugout canoe, helped along by a cast of characters from UN aid workers to a pygmy-rights advocate, he followed in the footsteps of the great Victorian adventurers. An utterly absorbing narrative that chronicles Tim Butcher's forty-four-day journey along the Congo River, Blood River is an unforgettable story of exploration and survival.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2008.
ISBN: 9780802118776
Characteristics: xvi, 363 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.


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ChristchurchLib Apr 10, 2016

In this enthralling travelogue, British journalist Tim Butcher recounts his perilous six-week trip retracing both the 1874 expedition of explorer H.M. Stanley and the 1950 genteel trip of his mother along the Congo River. Traveling alone in the war-ravaged country that inspired Joseph Conrad to write Heart of Darkness, Butcher uses an assortment of vehicles (including a motorbike and a dugout canoe) and is aided by unlikely helpers (ranging from U.N. aid workers to a pygmy-rights advocate). Blood River is a "brilliant account of a broken land" (Kirkus Reviews) that anyone interested in the Congo Region should devour.

Sep 06, 2013

Enjoyed it this more than 'Heart of Darkness'. Great work here.

Jun 28, 2012

Mind boggling account of the life along the Congo River with enough history to help explain how things could go so horribly wrong for country.

Feb 14, 2012

I'm surprised I checked this book out but I'm really glad I did. The book held my attention. The author not only described his journey but included a lot of history since the late 1800's of the Congo region. This is truly a very sad place.

My only criticisms would be not enough pictures (I did go to his website for more pics) and it is hard to believe he didn't have more trouble than he wrote about.

m2 Feb 03, 2011

Wow! Get the true story of Africa's Heart of Darkness. Heartrending.


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