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  • Title: The Congo and the Cameroons
  • Author: Mary Kingsley
  • ISBN: 9780141025513
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • Contemptuous of Europe s civilising mission in Africa, Mary Kingsley s 1862 1900 extraordinary journeys through tropical west Africa are a remarkable record, both of a world which has vanished and of a writer and explorer of immense bravery, wit and humanity Paddling through mangrove swamps, fending off crocodiles, climbing Mount Cameroon, Kingsley is both admirable aContemptuous of Europe s civilising mission in Africa, Mary Kingsley s 1862 1900 extraordinary journeys through tropical west Africa are a remarkable record, both of a world which has vanished and of a writer and explorer of immense bravery, wit and humanity Paddling through mangrove swamps, fending off crocodiles, climbing Mount Cameroon, Kingsley is both admirable and funny.
    The Congo and the Cameroons Contemptuous of Europe s civilising mission in Africa Mary Kingsley s extraordinary journeys through tropical west Africa are a remarkable record both of a world which has vanished and of

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    1. This is a great little excerpt book Kingsley is a fascinating woman, well ahead of her time, and she writes very entertainingly It is hard to believe the original book was published in 1897.The book covers her travels through modern Gabon and her ascent of Mt Cameroon.There is some wonderful writing with this book.The rocks are covered with moss and ferns, and the mist curling and wandering about among the stems is very lovely I have to pause in life s pleasures because I want to measure one of [...]

    2. Suuuper colonial Africa Mary Kingsley is hilarious, and her observations about the nature around her are fascinating Only three stars because as can be expected from Victorian Colonial literature, there s a lot of racism about the people hauling her supplies up a mountain As I said, entirely expected, but not something I want to read.

    3. Lovely book with beautiful language and such picturesque descriptions I imagine Tolkien read this book and took her description of the Cameroon mountain for his land of Mirkwood.

    4. Kingsley is an author I had not previously heard of and the brief introduction to this volume was not particularly enlightening As for the text itself, like others in the Great Journeys series it consists of short excerpts from books by the author.Kingsley s archaic and ponderous prose style takes some getting used to for a modern reader, but the book does benefit from her witty descriptions and amusing anecdotes concerning her travels in Africa Her gift for light comedy comes across clearly, th [...]

    5. 2010 bookcrossing review These aren t the longest of reads This one was pretty interesting, and a good read very descriptive I really got an image of the African mountains and mangroves in my mind from this little book.This one is from the late 1800s, and from one of the few female adventurers in this collection It s kind of amazing that this young woman went off travelling into Africa on her own and coped with it all Impressive There s a couple of short chapters in here, one about the mangroves [...]

    6. MHK was obviously a bit of a lass, roaming around West Africa in the years before 1900 This little book features her writing on the mangrove swamps typical of the final reaches of the great African rivers, describing an ecology based on death and decay, and the dangers of turning tides and being marooned in crocodile country.Two thirds of the book deal with an ascent she made of Mount Cameroon at an unseasonable time of the year, gain a mist shrouded peak and become one of the first Europeans to [...]

    7. An enjoyable but short book I believe this book is in actual fact a short extract from her 1897 book Travels in West Africa full of the obvious charms, humour, but also the colonial prejudices of Victorian era exploration yarns I m particularly interested in Cameroon so this was very interesting on that front I would also recommend doing a little digging into the fascinating and inspiring life of Mary Kingsley.

    8. Loved this short introduction to Mary Kingsley, she writes with such a modern voice and tone Evocative description Kingsley is feisty and funny and reading this made me want to read her work in full I absolutely love penguin s great journeys series it has allowed me to sample the work of some wonderful historic travellers and the reading experience of these books is not just one of spatial travel but of time travel An excellent series and this title is very definitely an excellent read.

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