One Dry Season

One Dry Season

One Dry Season None

  • Title: One Dry Season
  • Author: Caroline Alexander
  • ISBN: 9780679731894
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
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      Published :2019-03-23T18:40:26+00:00

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    To Be a PilgrimHe who would valiant be'Gainst all disasterLet him in constancyFollow the Master.There's no discouragementShall make him once relentHis first avowed intentTo be a pilgrim.(English hymn of 1906, based on John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress)What inspires us to make pilgrimages? This is what was foremost in my mind as I read Caroline Alexander's lyrical travel memoir. Alexander follows ostensibly in the footsteps of famed African explorer Mary Kingsley, but along the way her fellow trav [...]

    In One Dry Season, Rhodes Scholar and New Yorker Caroline Alexander travels “in the footsteps” of Mary Henrietta Kingsley who journeyed—entirely alone—to West Africa in the 1890s in search of fish and fetish. Kingsley later wrote the classic Travels in West Africa published in 1897.I admit to a fascination with the enigmatic Kingsley since my university days when I wrote an essay about her for my British Imperialism course. Since then I have read everything I could find about Kingsley, l [...]

    I haven't read Kingsley's book, but admire Alexander's planning in following the literary trail she left behind. Still, if you're expecting historical footsteps as the primary focus here, it doesn't quite work that way. Roughly half of the book is a modern travel narrative, having little or nothing to do with Kingsley, which was fine by me, but that writer's fans may find the footsteps angle a bit thin. Also, Alexander spends a fair amount of time on a side story of a missionary physician whom K [...]

    This book was OK, but the author spent way too much time talking about all the people Mary Kingsley met in Gabon, and not nearly enough time on people she herself met. The best part of the book was when she went to places and did things that Ms. Kingsley didn't - then she seemed to allow herself to experience the country as it is now, rather than trying to fit it into a 19th century box.

    This seemed a little slow and wondering to me. Usually that's okay in a travel book, but somehow this writer never seemed to resolve ANYTHING, which got a little boring after a while. Perhaps I was influenced by having read Kingsley's wonderfully witty narrative first.

    This book was interesting, but such slow going that I was reading it for six months, then apparently left it on an airplane. Just didn't pull me through!

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