Free mobi ↠ doc Blue Dahlia A Journey Into Angola

kindle Blue Dahlia

Free mobi ↠ doc Blue Dahlia A Journey Into Angola µ [KINDLE] ❅ Blue Dahlia, Black Gold: A Journey Into Angola By Daniel Metcalfe – Dcmdirect.co.uk A rich and fascinating book about an overlooked African powerhouse by a travel writer of rare talent TIM BUTCHER author of Blood River and Chasing the DevilSince the enCinated by this complex nation perched at the forefront of a resurgent Africa writer Daniel Metcalfe travelled to Angola to explore the country for himself Ebullient and proud and often unwilling to dwell on its past Angola has a large army a hunger for wealth and a need to prove itself on the continent But as Metcalfe also discovers it has some of the most grinding poverty in Africa as few Angolans have reaped the rewards of the peace Nonetheless amid Angola's brash reality Metcalfe finds there is a place for a traveller who isn't there to make a uick buck Crossing the I enjoyed the Blue Dahlia Black Gold for the many reasons I enjoyed Metcalfe's previous book Out of Steppe the writing is superb a pleasure to read and Metcalfe's wit eye and analysis are sharp and discerning giving the reader both an uncanny experience of the place explored here Angola where the ludicrously high cost of living alone would deter most travel writers and a broader historicalcontextual understanding of it I find his investigative mind admirable but most of all I delight in his sense of adventure Among my favourite passages were his wild descriptions of riding Luanda's candongueiro whose drivers are like glue sniffers desensitized to all but the near fatal thrill both hilarious and terrifyingAt times I felt the historical information overrode the experiential part of the narrative and from this I concluded it might be impossible to experience Angola today without the legacy of colonialism and the horrific war staring you down and demanding attention While most countries live uneasily with their past Angola's today seems littered both by real and metaphorical land mines all of which would be incomprehensible without the contextualizing Metcalfe provides This book must have been a challenging undertaking to write and I commend Metcalfe for taking it on fearlessly and delivering an excellent travel narrative it left me troubled by Angola as it rightly should

Daniel Metcalfe ß A Journey Into Angola book

Country as ordinary Angolans do talking to tribal elders oil workers mine clearers and street children he encounters a place of extremes where cynicism and excess go hand in hand with great hospitality and ingenuity Metcalfe also reveals a colourful history of pirates and slave traders capuchin monks syncretic Christian cults and elaborate spirit masks This is an Angola that symbolises nothing less than a broader turning point between the continents the repositioning of the rich developed world versus Africa It is a land that until now few outsiders have managed to unloc A book not to be missed by the lovers of AfricaIt is written with a historical political passionate approach while you read this book you find yourself on the roads of AngolaGreat

kindle × Black Gold ß Daniel Metcalfe

Blue Dahlia Black Gold A Journey Into AngolaA rich and fascinating book about an overlooked African powerhouse by a travel writer of rare talent TIM BUTCHER author of Blood River and Chasing the DevilSince the end of its crippling 27 year civil war over a decade ago Angola has changed almost beyond recognition An oil fuelled bonanza has brought about massive foreign investment and a fabulously wealthy new elite making its capital Luanda the second most expensive city in the world Today fortunes are being made and lost overnight and rich Angolans are eagerly buying up the assets of its former coloniser Portugal Fas This is a very good book and an enjoyable reading The voyage in Angola gives the reader a comprehensive account of present day Angola from North to South East to West covering all the main regions And it is richly completed with very well written and enlightening historical notes about Portugal's colonial past Daniel Metcalfe took the writing of this book so seriously he actually learned Portuguese and travelled first to São Tom e Prncipe a brilliant idea to immerse himself and the reader in the Lusophone world Reading through all the pages was always a pleasure and I could see all the sights he described with his words and listen to the people try the food and listen to the music he describedThis is the opposite of another book I have read on Angola recently The Last Train to Zona Verde by Paul Theroux who not only did not learn or try to speak Portuguese but also travelled a lot less across Angola so how could Paul Theroux have as deep an understanding about Angola and Angolans? And yet Paul Theroux is a much acclaimed writerI have read reviews about this book going as far as to say that the stop over in São Tom e Prncipe was unnecessary that Daniel Metcalfe's historic accounts are boring and that he only met international workers in Angola Yet I have found none of this to be true and I don't agree with this as Daniel Metcalfe really took the time and had the courage to travel everywhere in Angola and meet all sorts of people both international and Angolan people