Travels in the White Man's Grave

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  • Title: Travels in the White Man's Grave
  • Author: Donald Macintosh
  • ISBN: 9781897784839
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • At the beginning of the 1950s, the interior of West and Central Africa was still known to most of the outside world as The White Man s Grave, and there were still large parts where its forests were primeval These forests inhabited the minds of most Westerners as places of foreboding.

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    1. Amusing stories, lots of characters, tons of entertaining anecdotes. Interspersed with a few boring descriptions about economical uses of various tree species. Really it is presented as almost a series of short stories, rather than a continuous storyline. So its possible (and perhaps recommended) to just skip through the boring parts in favor of the more exciting stuff.One of my favorite stories was about a recurring encounter that the author had with a leopard. Leopards are astoundingly powerfu [...]

    2. Read this for my African Book Group. I found it quite engaging and an interesting picture of a Nigeria that is mostly gone now. I found the descriptions very vivid -- I felt soggy while reading the chapter on the rainy season. I would have loved to see the Africa that Macintosh lived in.

    3. Posted to Nigeria as a forester in 1954, and remaining in west and central Africa for three decades, the author saw Africa change from a virgin colonial forest teeming with wildlife to a denuded country of chainsaws and corruption. He also heard more than his share of ribald and amusing stories at the expense of both natives and crusty colonials.Some of his tales, in fact, are so outré (such as that of the lascivious and bizarrely-named Magic Sperm, who charmed his way into a job at a convent) [...]

    4. This book was consists of the amusing and loving memoirs of a Scots forester who spent most of his life working in Nigeria. His encounters with snakes, driver ants, and leopards are wonderfully told. His recounting of life amongst the various peoples (and characters, such as “Magic T. Sperm”) of late colonial and early post-colonial Nigeria are even better (and serve as a gentle reminder that not everything that happened as part of the encounter between European and African was horrible or e [...]

    5. I found this book a bit hit and miss, I was expecting an overarching plot and actually each chapter reads as a short story in its own right. I was expecting something more akin to the stories of Gerald Durrel, perhaps my problem is, like Durrel, I'm more interested in animals than the passion of Macintosh, which is trees. Some chapters were great, with incredible characters, and some were rather dry. Definitely worth a read, especially to get a better feel of the lifestyle and habitat of West Af [...]

    6. I listened to this book on CD and enjoyed the author's memories of living in Africa. It would have rated higher for me if he had included more personal details of his time there. There were sections on the flora and fauna and interesting observations about people he met, but a better time line of what he was doing and when, how he lived day to day and so on would have added to this book for me.

    7. I had read (listened to) this before (in '03) but didn't remember it well. Didn't resonate with me this time either, in part because of the location, West Africa, but more because the author, who, despite all his pluck, struck me as an old fart.

    8. A beautiful inside look into the landscape of becoming a pilgrim in a land vs. a tourist who observes. I found the language at times lacking in adequate description, but it also left me with vast spaces to create images in my mind.

    9. The true story of a Scottish forester who spent 30 year living in West Africa in the 60-80s. Filled with anecdotes, the way life was and is now, deforestation of Africa.

    10. The author's masterful command of English language and his talent in storytelling make his graphic recollection a delight to read. A perfect audiobook candidate.

    11. Enlightening account of a forester's life in West Africa in the 1950's. A little tedious at times but on the whole interesting & sometimes amusing.

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