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Journey to the Source of the Nile [SIGNED 1ST/1ST]

Ondaatje, Christopher

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ISBN 10: 0002000199 / ISBN 13: 9780002000192
Editorial: HarperCollins Publishers Canada, Limited, Toronto, 1998
Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: Bag End Books (MISSISSAUGA, ON, Canada)

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A very good copy in burgundy boards (some fading at top of front board) with gold gilt lettering on the spine in a near fine, unclipped dust jacket with very minor staining from boards on inside of cover. WARMLY INSCRIBED IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION BY CHRISTOPHER ONDAATJE - TO .THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP THE BEST IS YET TO COME! 27 10 98". This is the first edition, so stated on the copyright page ( First edition 1998), first printing . There will likely be extra shipping charges outside North America. N° de ref. de la librería 000631

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Título: Journey to the Source of the Nile [SIGNED ...

Editorial: HarperCollins Publishers Canada, Limited, Toronto

Año de publicación: 1998

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Ejemplar firmado: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edición: 1st Edition

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"One hundred and forty years after Speke's visionary prediction that Lake Victoria would prove to be the source of the Nile, I had come to Africa to see for myself. I arrived laden with a great store of knowledge about the Nile - all the lore and learning amassed since Speke's great discovery. I had all the facts, but I was not satisfied."
Christopher Ondaatje

Long fascinated with historical exploration, writer Christopher Ondaatje here relives explorer Richard Francis Burton's 1856 expedition to discover the source of Africa's mighty Nile River. In 1996, with a lifetime of world travel behind him and after extensive research, Ondaatje set off to retrace the steps of Burton and other Victorian explorers. Journey to the Source of the Nile brings to life this incredible voyage.

Like the early explorers, Ondaatje put together a support team and, following the Victorians' routes, encountered the geography, peoples and nature in all their manifestations. With a constant mind to the words of Burton, Speke, Livingstone and the others, Ondaatje views the journey through their eyes but in the light of modern scientific knowledge. His trek across the Serengeti Plains to Olduvai Gorge provides the most striking revelation of all: the forces that shaped the Nile may also have triggered the evolution of the human race.

In a time of breathlessly fast change, Journey to the Source of the Nile returns us to a slower time, when knowledge was the goal and exploration the means. A fascinating tapestry of history and travel writing, Ondaatje's personal account and his dramatic photographs of this truly extraordinary expedition bring us closer to solving the riddle of the world's most mysterious river.

"Between 1902 and the present, [Africa] has evoked the highest despair of any continent in the world. In a way, perhaps I felt that understanding the difficult puzzle of the Nile's source might also give me some insight into a far more challenging riddle: the turbulent, complex, paradoxical enigma of Africa itself."

About the Author:

Christopher Ondaatje was born in Ceylon and educated in England. He has worked for several magazines and newspapers and is the author of six books, including the best-selling biography of Victorian explorer Richard Burton, Sindh Revisited. A director of the World Wildlife Fund and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he lives in London, England.

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