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Looking for Lovedu: A Woman's Journey Through Africa

by Ann Jones

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how can i not enjoy a book about adventure, history, and feminism? it's the travelogue of a woman as she goes north to south overland through africa, and you get a good dose of western colonialism, african corruption, and how it's everyday africans that have to live with it all. ( )
  elisa.saphier | Apr 2, 2013 |
Ann Jones sets off across Africa in search of Lovedu.

And what is this Lovedu that so intrigues this seasoned journalist?

Lovedu is an old African civilization in which the chief is a woman. Unlike most of Africa. Unlike most of the rest of the world.

So Ann Jones sets out in search of this mythic place, traveling across Africa with a reckless and impulsive young male driver to accompany her and complement her more sedate, less knowledgeable-about-Africa older self. Along the way, they bog down in muddy roads, are accosted by greedy border guards, desperately seek edible food and replacement car parts, and, generally speaking, have lots of exciting and dangerous adventures.

Ann Jones finds Lovedu. I don’t think I am giving anything away in telling you this. But I’ll let you see for yourself what the Lovedu she finds is like. ( )
  debnance | Mar 2, 2012 |
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The adventure began when a young British photographer, Kevin Muggleton, suggested driving from one end of Africa to the other–“You know, the old ‘Cape to Cairo’ sort of thing.” For the renowned feminist writer Ann Jones, it soon became an expedition with a mission: to find the legendary Lovedu, a tribe ruled by a great rainmaking queen and dedicated to the “feminine” ideals of compromise, cooperation, tolerance, and peace.

Setting out from Tangier in a battered old blue-and-yellow Land Rover, Jones and Muggleton face daunting physical challenges, from shifting sand in the Sahara to deep mud wallows in Zaire. They encounter severe food shortages in Mali, military roadblocks in Nigeria, and corrupt border guards all over. In Mauritania they meet a young girl who offers to give Jones her baby sister. As they pass through the ever-changing face of Africa toward a meeting with the Queen of the Lovedu, Jones is perceptive, funny, moving, astute–everything a good travel writer should be. You’ll feel you’re right there beside her, meeting the people, marveling at the physical beauty of the land, sharing in the grand adventure.

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