Facing the Congo A Modern-Day Journey into the Heart of Darkness

ISBN-10: 0609808265

ISBN-13: 9780609808269

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jeffrey Tayler

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Faced with an identity crisis in his work and his life, seasoned traveler and journalist Jeffrey Tayler made a bold decision. He would leave behind his mundane existence in Moscow to re-create the legendary British explorer Henry Stanley’s trip down the Congo in a dugout canoe, stocked with food, medicine, and even a gun-toting guide. But once his tiny boat pushed off the banks of this mysterious river, Tayler realized he was in a place where maps and supplies would have no bearing on his survival. As Tayler navigates this immense waterway, he encounters a land of smothering heat and intense rains, wary villagers, corrupt officials and dead-eyed soldiers demanding bribes, jungle animals, mosquitoes, and, surprisingly, breathtaking natural beauty. Filled with honesty and rich description, Facing the Congo is a sophisticated depiction of today’s Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country brought to its knees by a succession of despotic leaders. But most mportant, Tayler’s stunning narrative is a deeply satisfying personal journey of fear and awakening, with a message that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt compelled, whether in life or in fantasy, to truly explore and experience our world.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 10/9/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594

Jeffrey Tayler is the author of "Siberian Dawn: A Journey Across the New Russia". He writes for "Conde Nast Traveler", "Spin", "Harper's", and other publications and is a regular commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered". Two of his essays appeared in the inaugural edition of "The Best American Travel Writing". He lives in Russia.

Acknowledgments
Prologue: Visions of a River
Brazzaville
The Beach
Kinshasa
The Colonel
Shoving Off
Stowaways
Dancing on the Equator
Into the Great Forest
Upriver
Kisangani
Alone on the River
Land without Evenings
The Woes of SNIP
Omens
Danger
Lisala
Crisis
Chasing the Ebeya
Mbandaka Again
Epilogue
List of Illustrations
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