Jan Hawke wrote a fabulous book which contains much information about Central Africa – the good, the bad, the ugly. If you love romance, you’ll enjoy this book. If you want to know a bit more about a few of the so-called “Big Five” you’ll read it here. If you simply want to find out more about why the African Continent always lives with hope, whatever the circumstances, you’ll find it here. If you want to read wonderful descriptions about the Victoria Falls and other parts of Central Africa, you’ll be satisfied reading about it here. If however, you want a quick read, this is not for you, because this story draws you in quietly, until there is no return. You’ll have to read it all! I hope you enjoy this particular eternal journey as much as I did.
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By MarethMBotha on 26 Nov. 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The author writes excellent believable dialogue, whether expressed from the main characters’ point of view, or the antagonists’ threatening points of view. For example, the initial love affair between Sophie Taylor and Tom and later, his encounter with a religious cult, called “The Apostles” at Umbeke when he defends a nun and her well-doers.
Because the story covers roughly thirteen years and includes genocidal events, the author has used different fonts, which helped me to grasp when Sophie is in the present, or relives events of the past when writing in her diary.
The story has everything you would expect to find should you journey to Central Africa. So it contains not only excellent dialogue throughout, but wonderful descriptive scenes – magnificent Victoria Falls for example – put the reader inside the action, whether it’s an earthquake, dealing with elephant poachers or being part of a guided safari for film makers.
This backdrop sets the scene for Sophie’s future happiness, because she meets an attractive veterinarian, who understands life in Africa and they find a connection, which the author explores admirably.
I enjoyed the inclusion of quotes from THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER by Samuel Taylor Coleridge as an introduction to certain parts of Sophie’s diary and other events. No book such as this would be complete without mention of some of Africa’s so-called “Big Five”. I especially enjoyed Alyssa the leopard’s point of view. I recommend “Milele Safari … ” to anyone who does not want an instant-gratification-beginning-and-quick-end read. This saga slowly draws you in and does not let go easily. This is a memorable read.”
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