Published: 28/04/2016
ISBN: 9781785891113
eISBN: 9781785894770
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First Choose Your Congo
by David Fletcher

‘The Congo’ is something of an enigma, not least because there are actually two Congos: the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo. So, if one is planning to visit ‘the Congo’, it is only sensible that one adopts the essential advice to ‘first choose your Congo’.

This is what Brian and his wife did, choosing to travel to the Republic of Congo – the safer of the two. He secured a place on an expedition into the heart of the Congo rainforest, where marauding rebels and gun-toting thugs were nowhere to be found; only a pristine environment, extremely well-stocked with an extravagance of natural wonders.

First Choose Your Congo is a work that shines an illuminating light into the rarely-visited dark heart of Africa, but it is also a work that is intended to be provocative, irreverent – and amusing. It is not a work dedicated entirely to the process of tracking Western lowland gorillas and the discovery of an Ayatollah monkey, but a somewhat ‘generous’ interpretation of the travel genre.

It is inexplicably the ninth book in David’s seven-part travel series and, intriguingly, the first to reveal the connection between the Congo’s forest elephants and Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Previous books in David’s ‘Brian’s World’ series have been featured in Backpacker Trade News and the Sunday Post. This hilarious take on traditional travel writing will appeal to those with an interest in different cultures.

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4 out of 5 stars

Thank you NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book. When I saw this book I was attracted to the cover and the description. It looked like an interesting read. I was unaware that this was one of many in the Brian's World series. I liked the book and found it very interesting, however I just couldn't like Brian, which is too bad since the story was told through his point of view. I would have loved to go on an eco-vacation, but after reading this and thinking there may be a "Brian" on my tour, forget it! He would ruin the trip - which is probably what he did for the others he traveled with. Ugh! What I did really enjoy about the book was the English. I say that as a reader from the States. Words like "nutter" and "ellie" had me smiling. We both speak English (or do we?) and it was such a treat to read this story written in the English from across the pond. In that aspect, I loved the book. Would I recommend this to someone else? Sure. There is a lot in there that is very interesting and it did make me Google some of the places mentioned to see some images and imagine what it would be like to be there - sans Brian.

by Tracey Kane


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