An intellectual and philosophical journey through Africa. Dan, the main character, is on a trip to two forested areas in the Congo. He befriends Mike, a fellow Englishman, takes in the beauty of his surroundings and has a number of discussions about politics and the world in general. Dan can be quite a "downer" as the book suggests.
Laced within Dan's story are snippets of Dan and his wife, Kim. This from THEIR trip to Morocco - the reader is not soon to find out where Kim is now. They had been on a tour with 14 "birders" who kept to themselves. This gave Dan time to reflect - maybe too much.
Much of this really interesting story is heavy with rhetoric and some history that may be either of interest (or overdone) to the reader.
Dan goes "AWOL" from his group to find the Lodie River in Morocco - his goal.
Will this goal lead Dan to his demise or perhaps, once again, will Dan feel better about his life?
A very thought provoking book of how loss can drive us.
Detailed descriptions of the locations, people and wildlife the main character encounters adds weight to the emotions built up in the narative.
Two different off the grid holidays lead to death and personal discovery. One death unforseen, the others carefully and painfully arranged.
I enjoyed this book for the descriptions of the areas and the way you are drawn into the characters life, losses and his future. Whatever he has decided it will be.
I found this book highly intriguing. It's a story of two deaths, at its core and a very dour character called 'Dan'. Deeply moving and interesting, with an amazingly well-paced story that takes you towards and passed those two deaths, it's a story that left me thinking about a lot. I'm not sure I understood the whole backdrop, but it did leave me intrigued, and willing to read more from the author.
This was a pretty interesting and thought provoking book. The settings and descriptions are spot on. Not my normal type of read but I thought it was good.
Securing a degree in chemistry, well before the days of modular exams, was a very good start for David, and his using this degree to embark on a lifetime career in accountancy seemed, at the time, like the best next step to take. And in a way it was. Becoming a partner in one of the world's 'Big Four' firms of accountants proved to be surprisingly interesting and constantly challenging.
However, over the years, a belief became fixed in David's mind that he hadn't been put on this Earth just to provide opinions on financial statements but also to provide opinions on human nature. Not pompously or even vehemently - but in the only way he knew how: through humour.
So he started to write - and in this writing to focus particularly on what the nature of human nature was doing to the nature of the natural world - first through some 'sci-fi humour' and latterly through some 'travelogue humour'.
He doesn't claim to be some sort of jokey Cassandra - as he is only too aware that both his thinking and his writing is riddled with serious self-doubt. So he is quite relaxed about whether his opinions get through to his readers - or not - just as long as in the process of reading his books they all have a jolly good laugh. Because, with what he and the rest of his species are visiting on this planet, one thing he doesn't have any doubt about whatsoever is that sooner rather than later, we will all need to develop our ability to have a jolly good laugh indeed - even if it is of the somewhat hollow variety...