[[ BOOKS ]] ⚣ The Congo and the Cameroons Author Mary Henrietta Kingsley – E-inbusiness.co.uk

The Congo and the Cameroons 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 And Funny.Great Journeys Allows Readers To Travel Both Around The Planet And Back Through The Centuries But Also Back Into Ideas And Worlds Frightening, Ruthless And Cruel In Different Ways From Our Own Few Reading Experiences Can Begin To Match That Of Engaging With Writers Who Saw Astounding Things Great Civilisations, Walls Of Ice, Violent And Implacable Jungles, Deserts And Mountains, Multitudes Of Birds And Flowers New To Science Reading These Books Is To See The World Afresh, To Rediscover A Time When Many Cultures Were Quite Strange To Each Other, Where Legends And Stories Were Treated As Facts And In Which So Much Was Still To Be Discovered.

10 thoughts on “The Congo and the Cameroons

  1. says:

    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 p...

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    The Congo and the Cameroons contains excerpts from Mary Kingsley s memoir Travels in West Africa, published in 1897 The first two sections cover some observations and anecdotes about West African flora and fauna, while the last two thirds of the book follow Mary s climbing of Mount Cameroon.Mary like her fellow s

  4. says:

    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.

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    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 along the west coast around the equator, and one about seeing elephants and gorillas But the bulk of this book is about her hiking expedition up Mount Mungo in the Cameroons The weather is tough, scorching sun or thrashing rain There s one brief description which evokes how much she suffered from the sun, saying that her face is a pain, and like a mask, and everytime she moves it cracks and starts bleeding A case of very bad sunburn.The very brief biography at the start ...

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    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 interes...

  9. says:

    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 ser...

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