Theroux’s ‘Dark Star Safari’: First Takes

Travel Blog  •  Jim Benning  •  11.13.02 | 12:39 AM ET

The first review we’ve seen of Paul Theroux’s new book, “Dark Star Safari,” about his recent journey through Africa, appears to have been written by someone as
cranky as Theroux, if that’s possible. In a review in the Guardian, critic John Ryle takes Theroux to task for what he writes are inaccurate statements in the book about the continent’s history and its aid workers. Ryle details his beefs in paragraph after paragraph, then adds, “There are compelling episodes, when the author’s prejudices melt away and the spirit of place asserts itself.” Not a very satisfying review.

Meanwhile, the Guardian has also published an excerpt from the book.

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