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The Cobra's Heart (Penguin Great Journeys)

by Ryszard Kapuściński

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his book is part of a series of short books, Penguin Press Classic Journeys, which features excerpts from works of famous travelers, including Herodotus, Marco Polo, Olaudah Equiano and Anton Chekhov. The chapters from this book are largely taken from The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life. Kapuściński gives us an unforgettable description of what it's like to have malaria, and how awful of a disease it is. Other sections deal with a 1966 coup in Nigeria, a brief history of the rise to power of Idi Amin, and his encounter with a sleeping cobra that is lying underneath his bed. This book is an excellent introduction to Mr. Kapuściński's writings. ( )
  kidzdoc | Aug 6, 2009 |
This book by Ryszard Kapuscinski is an incredible read .It is a book not so much about Africa,more about the people of Africa. There are pieces about how time is considered in a different way by the people there as they control it and are not controlled by it as we in the West are. There is an interesting description of a Coup d'Etat and a chapter about the monster Idi Amin,as well as several other equally interesting pieces. Above all this short book,gives the reader a terrific insight into the enigma that is Africa. ( )
  devenish | Dec 21, 2008 |
One of the most brilliant journalists of the postwar world, Kapuscinski (born 1932) spent decades criss-crossing Africa, witnessing the horrors of a continent ravaged by imperialism and its aftershocks. Humane, evocative and magical, The Cobra's Heart makes the case for Kapuscinski as a great writer as well as a great journalist.
  antimuzak | Feb 19, 2007 |
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