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The Frozen Leopard Hunting My Dark Heart in Africa

Latham Aaron

ISBN 10: 0002239299 / ISBN 13: 9780002239295
Verlag: Harper Collins, 1991
Gebraucht Zustand: Very Good Hardcover
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Harper Collins 1991 1st; A journey in Africa by the author to find himself, introduction by Jan Morris, good to very good in dust jacket. ; 334 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 5636

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Titel: The Frozen Leopard Hunting My Dark Heart in ...

Verlag: Harper Collins

Erscheinungsdatum: 1991

Einband: Hard back

Zustand:Very Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good

Auflage: First Edition.

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This is an eloquent, impassioned account of one man's adventures across Africa and into the depths of his soul on a quest to recover the magic of belief in himself, misplaced along life's journey. With spare, exquisite prose, the book is a map of rebirth for a creative man in his mid-forties. 1 map.

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One of those tiresome books about traveling to a distant land to find a self never known--or in this case sidetracked by writer's block and unexpiated grief--now from journalist/novelist Latham (Crazy Sundays, 1971; Orchids for Mother, 1977). Depressed, unable to write, and haunted by the long-ago death of his only sister, whose name he is unable to speak, Latham accompanies his wife (CBS Washington correspondent Leslie Stahl), his young daughter, his brother-in-law, and his nephew on a safari to Kenya and to Diane Fossey's gorillas. There are the usual rigors and delights of life under canvas on upscale safaris. All the expected animals are sighted by the end, and colorful postcolonials like Anna Merz, whose pet rhino follows her around like any small dog, are encountered. The visit to the gorillas is arduous if rewarding, though Latham feels suffocated by the dense undergrowth, and not as free and hopeful as he does on the dry and sparsely treed plains of Kenya, which so remind him of his native Texas. Surprised by his ability to identify with the animals he sees, and letting go of the self in the process, his depression begins to lift, and he is finally able to talk about his sister. These moments of epiphany are not serendipitous, Latham concludes, but, rather, realistic responses to a region where humanity originated; when Richard Leakey suggests that they might be prompted by ``genetic memory,'' Latham agrees: ``We see the place where we came from, and we recognize it. We feel at home in East Africa...there is still no place like home no matter how long we have been away from it.'' Latham's grief and depression, for all their vivid (sometimes mawkish) reality, don't really add all that much to an otherwise thin, conventional, and frequently naive book. For hard-core safari-junkies only. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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