First Edition of Paul Theroux's Dark Star Safari; Signed by Him
Dark Star Safari: Overland From Cairo to Capetown.
Item Number: 60036
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003.
First edition of one of the Theroux’s finest books, which takes the reader through the heart of the African continent. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Paul Theroux on the title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by John Gall.
In Dark Star Safari the wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, he endures danger, delay, and dismaying circumstances. Gauging the state of affairs, he talks to Africans, aid workers, missionaries, and tourists. What results is an insightful meditation on the history, politics, and beauty of Africa and its people, and "a vivid portrayal of the secret sweetness, the hidden vitality, and the long-patient hope that lies just beneath the surface" (Rocky Mountain News).