NonFiction Book Club Into Africa by Martin Dugard Buy book: $10.02
"Into Africa" traces the journeys of Dr. David Livingstone and journalist Morton Stanley in alternating chapters, capturing with immediacy the dangers, disease, and beauty they encountered in the heart of Africa. The first book to examine the interworkings of physical challenges, political intrigue, and larger-than life personalities, this is a fascinating work of narrative history.
I read this, "The common root language, which Livingstone quickly learned, was
Bantu. An amazing six hundred dialects had spun from that tongue as tribes dispersed across the continent over thousands of years" and groaned. This is rather like saying that L. learned Latin from the speakers of Romanian, Portuguese and Italian. If, as is far more likely, he learned a lingua franca like Swahili (NO easy task), and used -- no, NEEDED -- translators everywhere, then the author would be closer to the interactive nature of ANY European trek. That is, ihe role of the invisible translator/guide would be admitted, and the visiting European seen as dependent upon SOMEONE to tell him which way the wind (culturally, politically) was blowing.
Apart from that, this book is very interesting. I had no idea what- all Livingston had accomplished.
Sure would not have liked to be his child.
I just joined the club on Tuesday and i was wondering if anybody has saved there emails for this book and could send them to me because I have not recieved it. (I guess its because the books start on Monday?...)
I would also enjoy meeting a male that actually likes to read because it seems like I'm the only one that does read.
English is my second language, "Into Africa" is my first English novel. I borrowed this book from a library. It's not easy for me to read it. I have to stop frequently to look up my dictionary. By my current reading speed, I may take one month to read the whole book and I predict that I probably will encounter 2000 new words. :( Although this book is hard for me, I am still interested in it.
Hope I have enough perseverance to finish it. I am happy to be a member in this group.
Welcome to your first novel in English, Yun -- and to this club. :)
Livingstone had the help of quite a few Indians and Africans. Mention of Burton and Speke today makes this an even more intriguing tale of those times!
Good for you-one reader complains of people not reading. (Am a substitute teacher-if you want to go crazy, see how the kids fight anything to do with reading.) Here you are, trying to read in ANOTHER language, other than your own!