Paul Theroux “The Last Train to Zona Verde”
June 17th, 2013
One of the greatest travel writers of our time is bidding a farewell to the land that gave him his inspiration.
With his new book “The Last Train to Zona Verde,” Paul Theroux had planned to complement his 2003 bestseller “Dark Star Safari,” in which he traversed eastern Africa from Cairo to Cape Town. His plan this time was to start in Cape Town and work his way north, through western Africa, with a potential end point of Timbuktu. But once he was out of South Africa, past Namibia, and into Angola, Theroux began to rethink his plan.
Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of postcolonial independence movements.
The heat and poverty, roadblocks, mobs, and anarchy take their toll, and after 2,500 arduous miles, Theroux comes to the end of his journey in more ways than one.
His new book is called “The Last Train to Zona Verde.”
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