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Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa By Richard Grant,

  • Title: Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa
  • Author: Richard Grant
  • ISBN: 9781439154144
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • NO ONE TRAVELS QUITE LIKE RICHARD GRANT and, really, no one should In his last book, the adventure classic God s Middle Finger, he narrowly escaped death in Mexico s lawless Sierra Madre Now, Grant has plunged with his trademark recklessness, wit, and curiosity into East Africa Setting out to make the first descent of an unexplored river in Tanzania, he gets waylaidNO ONE TRAVELS QUITE LIKE RICHARD GRANT and, really, no one should In his last book, the adventure classic God s Middle Finger, he narrowly escaped death in Mexico s lawless Sierra Madre Now, Grant has plunged with his trademark recklessness, wit, and curiosity into East Africa Setting out to make the first descent of an unexplored river in Tanzania, he gets waylaid in Zanzibar by thieves, whores, and a charismatic former golf pro before crossing the Indian Ocean in a rickety cargo boat And then the real adventure begins Known to local tribes as the river of bad spirits, the Malagarasi River is a daunting adversary even with a heavily armed Tanzanian crew as travel companions Dodging bullets, hippos, and crocodiles, Grant finally emerges in war torn Burundi, where he befriends some ethnic street gangsters and trails a notorious man eating crocodile known as Gustave He concludes his journey by interviewing the dictatorial president of Rwanda and visiting the true source of the Nile Gripping, illuminating, sometimes harrowing, often hilarious, Crazy River is a brilliantly rendered account of a modern day exploration of Africa, and the unraveling of Grant s peeled, battered mind as he tries to take it all in.
    Crazy River Exploration and Folly in East Africa NO ONE TRAVELS QUITE LIKE RICHARD GRANT and really no one should In his last book the adventure classic God s Middle Finger he narrowly escaped death in Mexico s lawless Sierra Madre Now Grant ha

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    1. I enjoyed reading this book while I was travelling through Malawi many of Grant s observations and insights about African culture and travel resonated with my experiences and with the stories I d heard from other travellers, and I agreed with his views on aid I m not a big fan of travel writing in general, though Reading books like this usually makes me feel like I m swapping tales with other travelers which I do enjoy , except without being able to relate my own experience or get into deeper di [...]

    2. A Random Assortment of Insightful and Thrilling Escapades from the Heart of Africa4.5 5From the comfort of your living room chair, Richard Grant takes you on a chaotic adventure starting with his dodging of thieves and prostitutes in insalubrious bars in Zanzibar through to a tense interview with the first democratically elected president of Burundi In just over 200 pages Grant manages to cram in seafaring the Indian ocean in a cargo dhow, navigating the whole of Tanzania s Malagarasi river in a [...]

    3. This is a third about Grant s ill advised attempt to trek the full length of the Malagarisi, a third parallel history followed the legendary British explorer Richard Burton, and a third commentary on the joys and horrors of East Africa HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

    4. A fascinating, occasionally grueling, insight into contemporary East Africa, with parallel analysis of previous exploration Burton, Speke, Grant, Livingstone.

    5. This is essentially a travelog about the author s travels through East Africa It details the journey from Zanzibar across to Tanzania to make the first descent of the Malagarasai River He also is looking to see the origins of the White Nile for himself and interview the president of Rwanda This story gives the short story of the woes of travel in East Africa, health issues encountered along the way as well as introducing us to the cast of people who helped him along the way The writing is easy t [...]

    6. Another fantastic African travelogue Grant travels through some far flung East African locations, meets very interesting people and re counts the fascinating history of Burton Speke traveling a similar route many years earlier His writing is honest and insightful and I felt I learned so much about the history and present landscape of this beautiful troubled part of the world I will surely check out his other efforts.

    7. A trip that went so bad you can only laugh Excellent end section of interviews with the golden boy President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame I m a big fan of Grant s writings He used to be a Tucsonan.

    8. One of the most interesting reads of Africa I have ever read Highly recommend Not so much about paddling as about the history and current conditions there.

    9. Easily one of the best books I ve read This book offers a wealth of knowledge about African geography, culture and history Amazingly, this is interwoven with the author s exploration of the Malagarasi river in Tanzania Below are some notable tidbits from the book that I especially found interesting Human bondage slavery is as ancient as prostitution and has been practiced all over the world African tribes were slaving on each other long before the first Europeans arrived, and 90% of the slaves w [...]

    10. Richard Grant is a master of description His books pull you in and take you to place he so aptly describes and he is a compassionate observer of people and places This is the third book of his I ve read and all of them have been fantastic.

    11. I wavered about how many stars to give this book Grant is an honest writer, who freely admits his own ignorance and fears when appropriate He admits, for example, that one of the major purposes and driving necessities of his trip to the Malagarasi River in Tanzania is to be able to write a book about it He roughly follows Richard Burton s attempt to find the source of the Nile, starting in Zanzibar and traveling through Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda His description is vivid and interesting I did [...]

    12. One of the best things about travel writing is learning about places you will likely never get to Visit With Richard Grant s latest book, he continues the theme he started with his last book God s Middle Finger and that is writing about places you would not go to unless you are insane In God s Middle Finger he travels to the Sinaloa region of Mexico to learn about life there This is rather entertaining considering it is the home of the most violent drug cartels in history Where horrific murders [...]

    13. Books like these are why I love reading around the world so much In just a few short days, I was able to travel down a wild and crazy river through Tanzania and then overland to Burundi and on to Rwanda Along the way, I had a fabulous tour guide who took the time to carefully explain the historical significance of these areas, as well as give me a crash course in Burton s travel exploits in these areas.All the fun and adventure, with none of the risk other than those associated with sitting so m [...]

    14. Richard Grant follows in the footsteps of Richard Burton as he heads towards the source of the Nile But this isn t his all consuming purpose He sets out to explore a continent quite new to him by trying to navigate the Malagarasi River, one of the last seemingly uncharted rivers On the way he discovers the intertwined lives of Zanzibar, the underbelly of Tanzania, the ravaged beauty of Burundi and manages to interview the president of Rwanda, a country still one step away from the next genocide [...]

    15. Outstanding Changed many things I had thought about Africa I will never look at foreign aid the same way again, and I will never look at dictatorships the same way again The trick is to find the beneficial in both When foreign aid ends up in a corrupt dictator s Swiss bank account, or in a restaurant to feed rich foreigners, rather than helping the squalidly poor people it was meant for, something must be changed either in the way it is distributed, or just cut off entirely A good dictator can i [...]

    16. Grant is a seasoned travel writer, and I will definitely be picking up the rest of his books now Funny, honest, curious, and yes, a little crazy, Grant tried to be the 1st person to descend the Malagarasi River in Western Tanzania He comes to realize why no one else has tried it yet and learns quite a bit about East Africa and its people along the way I enjoyed that Grant mingles the account of his 2009 trip with details about the trips of 19th century explorers whose paths he is retracing The o [...]

    17. As with his other book, God s Middle Finger, Grant goes exploring in a pretty extreme place and once again writes another perfect travel novel If you re writing about traveling, especially traveling in Africa, you almost have to immediately apologize for being the sort of douche who d wax poetic about the beautiful places afflicted by such horrors But rather than take the Theroux route of turning it into a self serving spiritual journey like Eat, Pray, Love, Grant is blunt and honest about what [...]

    18. Everyone should read this book Why Richard Grant, like the explorers of old, has balls He travels to scary, far off places that sane people dream about seeing but avoid out of common sense and fear He makes you have not just a sense of a place, but makes you see it, feel it, smell it and learn its historyl in a captivating travelogue that never dries up or diverts from its entertaining path Africa, despite whatever attempts have been made is still the dark continentunfortunately, due to overpopu [...]

    19. I don t think the title really prepares you for what you are going to encounter in Crazy River Richard Grant, a travel writer and adventurer, sets out with the primary purpose of navigating the entire length of the Malagarasi River in central Africa apparently the only unexplored river left in Africa The journey to the source of the Nile seems to be rather an afterthought and is notable primarily because it was an immense let down His narrative begins in Zanzibar and what a begining it is The ch [...]

    20. Richard Grant is rapidly becoming the master of Trepidation Travel writing.Crazy River is an account of his experiences in attempting to undertake the first complete journey down a major river in Tanzania The book has nothing in common with the type of travel writing that is a commentary on monuments, meals and modes of transport and is about as far removed from a tourist safari as it is possible to be He really experience s life in the raw, and his perceptive and challenging account of life for [...]

    21. At first I wasn t sure if I would like this book because Richard Grand begins by wanting to re discove for himself the source of the Nile I thoughtother journalist that just wants to make a name for himself as an adventurer But what I discovered was a man who realized his limits and compared himself and his expectations to those of the great exploreres like Burtonhe found himself after 3 weeks somewhat lacking He describes the harshness of the environment even with 21st century technology availa [...]

    22. The extreme traveller Richard Grant was last seen battling Mexican drug barons in the Sierra Madre In this new book he set out to travel the length of the Malagarasi River across Tanzania and Burundi which no one appears to have done before, and with good reason.Part roaring torrent, part clogged up puddle, the river plays host to a range of rabid life forms, from biting insects through baleful crocodiles to trigger happy poachers Grant begins with a stint in dodgy nightclubs in Zanzibar He clos [...]

    23. The author has a plan to travel the length of the Malagarasi River from source to mouth, in Lake Tanganyika, one of Africa s Great Lakes Unfortunately his plan is waylaid by an eclectic mix of rogues, poachers, presidents, thieves, hookers, parasites and the river itself yet the reader is all the better for his meanderings.Great descriptive writing brings us a wry take on African adventure, compared with Burton and Speke s own historic explorations The author provides us with a view into a socie [...]

    24. Exceptional read Grant truly is one of the finest of travel writers out there, and I m eager to explore the remainder of his catalog Grant s attention to detail is precisely why this succeeds it surely cannot be easy to retain all of this information so vividly when one is sick, tired, and delirious through much of his travels And while certain details, dialogue, etc are surely to have been embellished by the author writing after the fact, I felt as though all of this was believable.cially havin [...]

    25. For a volume entitled Crazy River, there was relatively little crazy OR river in this book Richard Grant, like most adventure travel writers I have read, is one of those people who is never quite settled when he is home and is always looking for the next adventure Here, he tells the story of his obsession with navigating the Malagarasi River in Tanzania He takes the reader from Zanzibar to Dar es Salam, and into rural Tanzania Along the way he encounters the requisite cast of colorful characters [...]

    26. Having visited many of the places mentioned in Richard Grant s Crazy River , this was a very enjoyable read which had me reminiscing and wanting to return to Africa.From his starting point on the Spice Island of Zanzibar to his final destination in Rwanda, the book maintained a good pace throughout which kept me engrossed.His failed attempt at travelling the distance of the Malagarasi River highlights the real dangers of the continent and also the continued drain on it s native wildlife which wa [...]

    27. I have read a couple of Richard Grant books and have enjoyed them all This book is about his travels in east Africa I think one of the most pungent points that Grant makes in this book is how the west is basically keeping Africa down by trying to bring them up For example, he discusses how all the NGOs come to Africa with high sounding platitudes about bring Africa into the 21st century and all they accomplish is making Africa dependent on hand outs while the corrupt politicians abscond with th [...]

    28. Starting out in Dar es Saalam Grant journeys through Tanzania, Borundi, Rwanda and Uganda to trace the origin of the Nile River much in the same manner as Burton and Speke did in the late 1800 s More interesting however than the journey itself are the conclusions he draws as to the future of these countries, the attitudes of the present day citizens towards white people, and the existing corruption in most of their governments He touches on the conflict between the Tutsis and the Hutus and wheth [...]

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