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Livingstone's tribe : a journey from Zanzibar to the Cape
Taylor, Stephen, 1948-
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Publication Information:
London : Flamingo, 2000.

Physical Description:
x, 260 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 20 cm
General Note:
Originally published: London: HarperCollins, 1999.
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DT28 .T39 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An extraordinary, passionate and personal journey into Africa's past. 'The most enthralling account out of Africa for years.' Daily Mail.

'"Livingstone's Tribe" is excellent...Taylor is an intelligent and stimulating companion.' Financial Times

'At the book's heart is a riveting examination of Livingstone's tribe...the whites of post-independence Africa.' Independent on Sunday

'Taylor's expedition into the interior of the continent's colonial past has got everything that such a book should have.' Guardian

'Stephen Taylor, a third-generation #65533;migr#65533; of British descent, finds a melancholy collection of white misfits and well as a heroic, dwindling clutch of missionaries still holding the line. The catalogue of theft, corruption, murder and superstition that Taylor chronicles makes appalling, fascinating reading. Yet Taylor is no Colonel Blimp, rather an anti-apartheid liberal who fled the old South Africa and welcomed independence for Mugabe's Zimbabwe.' Daily Mail

'Sights and travel experiences are vividly described and people both from Livingstone's and from the other tribes are handled particularly well.' Sunday Times

Author Notes

Stephen Taylor was born in South Africa in 1948 and grew up near Johannesburg. At the age of twenty-two he made his home in Britain and travelled for four years in the Middle East and South Asia. From 1980-1987 he was foreign correspondent for The Times and the Observer based in Africa, South East Asia and Australia. Both his previous books have had African subjects, including Shaka's Children: a History of the Zulu People. He works for The Times and is married with two children.

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Library Journal Review

Writer and journalist Taylor, author of two other works with African themes, Shaka's Children and The Mighty Nimrod, provides here snippets of enthralling individual tales complemented with a thoughtful commentary. Recounting his travels from Lake Victoria to the Cape of Good Hope, Taylor explores what the future holds for the white citizens of the black continent in which he was raised. Although skilled at reporting and storytelling, Taylor is less successful as a social and political thinker. His subjects, an eclectic mix, are not missionaries or explorers and may even lack Livingstone's dignity and vision. That they are white and living in sub-Saharan Africa is all that makes them members of "Livingstone's tribe." The reader is therefore tempted to conclude that this unimpressive association is a mere outcome of a nostalgic indulgence. Yet Taylor deserves credit for openly addressing the precarious fate of many whites who still call post-independence Africa home. This blend of social history and travelog may be of interest to travel enthusiasts but is more suitable for social science collections. Edward K. Owusu-Ansah, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.