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Recommendations for Do NOT Take This Road to El-Karama. A journey of ups and downs in eight African countries
Subtitle: A journey of ups and downs in eight African countries
Author: Chris Harvie
Publisher: Randomhouse Struik
Cape Town, 2008
Softcover, 15x23 cm, 335 pages, several map sketches
An entertaining account of a road journey from Chris Harvie’s home outside the Kruger National Park to the banks of the Nile in Uganda and back, traced by maps provided in every chapter. It is a journey of (many) ups and (occasional) downs. The book is a blend of discovery and discomfort, hope and happiness, establishing finally that in Africa, a South African is, all in all, a good thing to be.
This often humorous, generally cheerful, occasionally exasperated trek through eight African countries with colonial pasts is also a journey through the characters of those countries, comparing them with one another, assessing their relative strengths and weaknesses, and looking at their post-independence histories through the sceptical yet optimistic eyes of someone born at the time that many of them achieved independence.