Into Africa The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

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Into Africa The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone
  • Paperback
  • 340 pages
  • Into Africa The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone
  • Martin Dugard
  • English
  • 09 January 2015
  • 9780767910743

10 thoughts on “Into Africa The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

  1. says:

    After a while I stopped noticing how badly written this book was and just went with the flow of the story Sometimes this was very difficult as there were lots and lots of adverbs and no noun seemed to ever be deprived of an adjective No one ever went into a town rather they rushed or scampered or sauntered or something eually silly Clearly the writer must have had to read lots and lots of Victorian English to put this book together and this told in his style Worst of all was the hyperbole about the remarkable achievements of these two men I don’t know if it is really reasonable to say this was one of the greatest epic stories of all time You know it seemed to be basically the story of a couple of blokes or less lost somewhere they uite frankly didn’t belong in the first place Perhaps I am being too harsh? I’ve always had a bit of a problem with ‘Adventurers’ I’ve always been uite sympathetic to the view that huskies should be trained to eat those on their way to the North Pole either magnetic or true as soon as the first snow begins to fall or after their 100th call of ‘mush’ I tend to look on in disgust while tax payer money is spent rescuing some fat arsed English gentleman who doesn’t realise that his yacht should always remain with its sail pointing out of the water I don’t know much about sailing but I do know that So I wasn’t really expecting to feel very much sympathy for any of these ‘lions’ And so I was as surprised as anyone when I did feel sympathy The writer cleverly understood that if you want to find the link that will immediately bind all men together in a tight brotherhood you merely reuire a discussion of the immanent threat of castration or of multitudinous illnesses of the testicles particularly elephantiasis that ends with the phrase ‘one foot in diameter’ and suddenly I’m using nearly as many adverbs as the writer did and cheering on the boys with the best of them I’ve even started saying “There were made of sterner stuff in those days” The story of Speke and Burton is the beginning of the homo erotic aspect of this book – and let’s face it all ‘boy’s own’ stories are always guaranteed a homo erotic element There was speculation that these two were lovers Anyway during their first exploration into Africa they landed in an area where the locals tended to cut off the penises of the enemy they captured There was a fight in which Burton got a spear through the face through his cheeks and Speke was captured and the natives began fondling his genitals while trying to make up their minds about how to remove them in an appropriately painful and humiliating way when they became distracted and thought that they should save that particular pleasure for a little later To keep him in his place they ran spears through his legs severing muscles All the same in what I hope taught the African Natives the lesson to never leave until tomorrow what you can do today Speke evaded them by crawling and dragging himself for three miles to safety Why am I telling you this story? Well mostly because of what the author said next that ‘lessor men’ following such an experience might give up exploring but not these two I kid you not He actually used the phrase ‘lessor men’ As one of those lessor men I was still not convinced that returning to Africa after a tribe has fondled your genitals as a prelude to providing you with a free castration does not necessarily make you a r man In fact I would have said that behaviour like that on behalf of the locals probably means that you aren’t really welcome and that you should probably just take the hint I read this book because I was hoping for a description of how we found the source of the Nile Herodotus whetted my appetite for this subject with his description of his efforts to find ‘the source’ and his speculations on what the source might be There was then a huge falling out between Burton and Speke after their second African holiday about where the Nile started and to settle this disagreement between the two of them Livingstone began his touring of East Africa for years Livingstone wanted resolve who was right but also wanted to prove them both wrong and to prove Herodotus right by finding his mythical ‘fountains of the Nile’ The two main characters of this book are Livingstone and Stanley Livingstone basically spent years screwing his way across Africa This proved to be too much for Victorian England who could not believe that their favourite son was engaged in a Touring and Whoring expedition and filling his journals with comments on how beautiful the women where He was very much the sort of man who figured that you are likely to get what you want with a teaspoon of honey He was strongly opposed to slavery and this was part of the reason why none of his letters ever got home as the Arab Slave Traders that were given his mail destroyed it soon after he left them with them as they were afraid he would encourage the world to try to stop their very profitable business Livingstone was a bit nutty but nutty in a good way and I ended up uite fond of him Stanley wasn’t really an American wasn’t really called Stanley and definitely wasn’t really all that nice He had a thing for young boys which conveniently continued the homo erotic theme of this book which you might have thought ended with Speke and Burton He was also a bastard in all senses of the word A very strange man he may not have spent as much time having sex with the local women as Livingstone seems to although he did seem to start to fancy the local women much as time went on but rather what he liked much was beating people for getting sick and not marching uick enough Despite the fact that he was rather tall he really did suffer from what is generally referred to as ‘short man syndrome’ Despite all attempts to make Stanley look human in this book I still came away not liking him at all That he later went on to help set up the Belgian Congo pretty much sealed his fate for me Livingstone was attacked by a lion at one point in the story and it is described in the book as an epiphany for him – he was never to feel fear again from what I can make out Now this is very interesting as Livingstone’s view of this experience is much the same as that put forward in Songlines by Bruce Chatwin Basically that from the moment a great cat has us in its power we have an evolved trait that makes us relax and not feel pain or fear Chatwin creates an entire myth around this about an ancient and now extinct great cat that hunted and haunted our existence while we were hunter gatherers and this fearless state we feel in the jaws of a great cat is an evolved trait though how it could have ‘evolved’ is a little hard to explain given you would seem to be about to join the ranks of the Darwin Award Winners Livingstone comes to much the same conclusion as Chatwin but instead places the success of this trait as being due to divine grace Either way I think it is interesting and would like to know if this has been documented elsewhere as being something we experience while being eaten by great cats Like I said there were many things about this book I didn’t like the gushing prose not the least But the book has enough redeeming features to make it worthwhile and some of the historical curiosities and stories do make this amusing If you want to see why Simon Winchester is such a good writer a uick comparison between any of his and this one would be a very worthwhile exercise

  2. says:

    This extensively researched adventure tale was an excellent story The events took place in the late 1860's and early 1870's in Central Africa Overcoming constant hardships and dire situations Henry Stanley searched for the missing Dr David Livingstone who was on a mission to locate the source of the Nile River This was during the age of exploration and was uite a story in its time The scene bounced back and forth between Stanley Livingstone and other players in the events that took place This was an eye opening account of a little known part of history Highly recommended and much better than I could ever explain

  3. says:

    When Stanley met LivingstoneStanley stepped crisply toward the old man removed his helmet and extended his hand They wordlessly shook hands each man appraising the other Livingstone didn’t know who the young man was or what he might want The Arabs and citizens of Uijii crowded aroundStanley’s heart was beating furiously and he was striving desperately to say exactly the right thing to such a distinguished gentleman With formal intonation Stanley spoke the most dignified words that came to mind ‘Dr Livingstone I presume?’’Yes’ Livingstone answered simply He was relieved that the man wasn’t French Martin Dugard Into Africa The Epic Adventures of Stanley LivingstoneLivingstone learned that an expedition headed by an American journalist employed by the New York Herald had come to his rescue Well not uiteHenry Morton Stanley had reinvented himself as an American but he had been born in Wales Further his real name wasn’t Henry Morton Stanley it was John RowlandsWell at least with “Dr Livingstone I presume?” he was responsible for uttering one of the most famous uotations everview spoilerBut maybe not Livingstone made no mention of being asked this uestion in his journal and the page in Stanley’s journal describing the initial meeting between the two men was torn out It is speculated that he fabricated the uote while writing his stories for the Herald for he did mention it in a couple of dispatches that he sent to the paper Therefore he may have torn out the page in order to protect another of his reinventions that being a newly minted uoteNot until the epilogue does Dugard get around to enlightening the reader about the uote’s probable lack of authenticity In his description of the meeting of the two men he wrote as fact the straightforward narrative I included at the top of my review hide spoiler

  4. says:

    An interesting story filled with the gory details of everything Western adventurers and explorers went through in the 1800s The arrogance of the time period shows through in astounding ways

  5. says:

    A surprisingly readable book about everything that led up to the famous Dr Livingstone I presume? I think it's very easy to get the impression that Stanley somehow managed to stumble across Livingstone in the middle of the African jungle and that it's this enormous miracle but really? Livingstone was just hanging out in a fairly significant African village one where he was expected to be at some stage because he had supplies waiting there for him This doesn't in any way lessen the fact that Stanley trekked nearly a thousand miles through the African jungle and savanna to find the explorer But it's not UITE as miraculous a tale as I thought when I first heard about Stanley and Livingstone as a kid The book is incredibly well researched with extensive use of both Stanley and Livingstone's diaries and letters There are chapters about what was happening back in London and the US and familiar historical figures pop up throughout the story I think my only real gripe would be that there's no map to indicate where the two parties were at any given point Like it tells us that Stanley is X number of miles away from Livingstone But it would have been really nice to have some rough indication of that on a map Because Africa's a big place and given that there really aren't any country names mentioned at any point I think in the epilogue it said that most of the expedition took place in what's now Tanzania?? it was kind of hard to wrap my head around where they were and how far they'd come But maybe that's just me It did feel a little long at times but on the whole it was an enjoyable and informative read

  6. says:

    The Lion's Last Bite or A Lion's InheritanceAnother winner from Dugard I am fast becoming hooked on his work But unlike with his book Farther Than Any Man The Rise and Fall of Captain James Cook I struggled with how to rate this work on the typical 5 point scale The writing follows a sometimes jumpy timeline moving back and forth in time as needed to keep a bit of mystiue And the telling warms up heavily as the story progresses so that by the time you reach the half way point you are brimming with uestions about what is to come Dugard presents some deeply investigated material and handles it with sensitivity as well as historical accuracy and attention to detail You never lose sight of the events of the day as Stanley and Livingstone's journeys unfold Dugard does this well Like with Captain Cook last year I had read many tidbits alluding to this famous duo's adventures in the books I have read on my Journey Around the World in 80 Books for 2019 So I was eager to hear the full story This was my literary stop in Burundi I read it in the Kindle format with not uite whispersynced Audible narrated by John Lee What stood out to me about the narration was that I couldn't stop smiling about the voices used for Stanley and for Livingstone One was a distinct American drawl and the other a charming Welsh lilt I don't recommend it be read in the Audible alone because it would be difficult to follow without the text or rather that was my experience And wow was that map ever needed to follow the route But it's right there in the Kindle version so I just screen shotted it to keep it handy in splitscreen on my phone I will not spoil any of the story at all for you Ok so I will probably succumb to leaving a stirring uote or two But suffice it to say that this is a must read for anyone who wants to know the rest of the story behind that famous phrase of greeting The former slave died as one of the most accomplished African travelers in history Referring to BombayHis body would be returning to England but Livingstone's heart would always remain in Africa

  7. says:

    This book was filled with small errors of fact that shook my confidence in the author's knowledge of the period The author talks about how Ed Fisk attempted to corner the gold market It was Jim Fisk And the explorer wears a balaclava helmet in his African camp which is unlikely since a balaclava is a ski mask There were odd statements made in passing like one about ueen Victoria's botched coronation and no attempt to explain the media climate in which Stanley's uest took place Those errors made me aware of the way that the author added almost nothing to the story he tells here except what he found in other people's books and the diaries and newspaper reports about the protagonists Most significantly we learn nothing about the culture of the peoples of Africa that Stanley and Livingston spend all their time with That really weakens the story because we don't get much of a context to help us understand what the explorers were really seeing when they spent their time with these people only what they thought they were seeing at the time There is plenty of scholarship available that could have fleshed this out As it was I became bored about halfway through when the story just turned into a paraphrase of the diaries and news reports which were distinguished by their overblown style and Boys Own Paper spirit of breathless if somewhat stupid adventure

  8. says:

    Dr Livingstone I presumeThat phrase was buried in my mind somewhere It was familiar yet I knew not how nor who this Livingstone person was This book explained it and was very entertaining in the process Highly recommended if you ever travel to East AfricaA friend recently wrote an interesting piece about how the types of creative people that rise to be famous have changed over the years Livingstone was an explorer in the mid 1800's and was a Michael Jordan of England He explored much of Africa often being the only white man in the expedition He abhorred slavery which was then rampant and fought against it His uest was to find the source of the Nile river which evidently was a big thing back then today we just keep looking for 'dark matter' and other such stuffBut the most interesting part of the book to me was that the reason we know that famous phrase is that its an early example of newspaper sensationalism The New York Observer paid a reporter Stanley to take ridiculously large and expensive expedition into the middle of Africa that lasted for years just to be able to have the exclusive on the story But it was worth it millions of Americans were entertained for years by the articles on Stanley's uest And England wasn't happy its superstar was found by an American either a fact not lost on the Observer

  9. says:

    Here is a very engaging narrative tracing the routes of Livingstone and Stanley to their famous meeting in Africa I'd give it five stars as a good historical narrative However I'm not completely resigned though sympathetic to the author's downplaying of Livingstone's missionary career Dugard emphasized Livigstone as a celebrity explorer and that he was as witnessed by his elaborate funeral He also emphasized Livingstone's abolitionist efforts Stanley is an elaborate character curmudgeonly racist obnoxious intrepid daring relentless There is some redemption in the end Africa wears away the rough edges and overcomes some of his white supremicist attitudes Stanley was orphaned as a child abused manipulated by a ship captain into sailing for America fought on both sides during the Civil War journeyed out west toured the world then plunged into Africa without any experience as an explorer and managed to move effectively across the continent than many career explorers Dugard grippingly depicts the hardships of exploring Africa in the nineteenth century Also he effectively demonstrates that the search for the source of the Nile in the nineteenth century was akin to conuering Everest in the twentieth or circumnavigating the world in the sixteenth

  10. says:

    “Into Africa” by Martin Dugard is a fantastic historical account of the exploration of this largely uncharted continent in the mid 1800’s Dugard compels the reader to consider the many riveting accounts of bravery persistence and man’s indomitable spirit exemplified by Dr David Livingstone and Henry Morton StanleyLivingstone a missionary from Victorian England had spent many years among the native tribes He had conducted a number of explorations into East Africa in his earlier career as a missionary but around in his mid fifties decides to return to the continent to seek the “Holy Grail” of all European explorers to find the source of the Nile River His final mission places him into the deepest jungles of Africa beyond where any white man had ever ventured His singularly outspoken views against the slave trade in Africa has put him in danger because those merchants responsible for carrying out news of his progress are favorable to slavery and have thus cut off his status to the worldHaving “disappeared from the face of the earth” in 1866 a movement for his rescue was first called to action by England’s Royal Geographic Society but was ultimately bypassed by none other than the brash American newspaper tycoon James Gordon Bennett Jr of the New York Herald Bennett hires a rising star in the sensationalist journalism business named Henry Morton Stanley whose own background gives him the impetus needed to locate the missing Dr LivingstoneStanley decides to thrust his way into the darkest interior of Africa his mission to find proof that Livingstone is still alive Despite disease predators monsoons warring tribes and scorching sun he and his entourage are held up time and again by the various tribesmen who command “bribes” of cloth beads and wire in order to proceed further into the wilderness Finally on November 10 1871 Henry Morton Stanley marched into the village of Ujiji and upon meeting the frail English explorer in a hut uttered the famous words “Dr Livingstone I presume?”Dugard has researched his material thoroughly and based this work upon Stanley’s and Livingstone’s diaries letters and communications from the Royal Geographic Society archives among an exhaustive collection of other historical records This is truly a monumental telling of the struggle to find England’s beloved missionaryexplorer by a journalistadventurer who was so committed and determined to overcome every obstacle to do so

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