Blood river represents a remarkable marriage of travelogue and history, which deserves to make tim butcher a star for his prose, as well as his courage, max hastings a story of the extraordinary courage, tenacity and endurance of two men. Tim butcher born 15 november 1967 is an english author, broadcaster and journalist. Butcher s book is a masterful description of a country moving backward. Ever since stanley first charted its mighty river in the 1870s, the congo has epitomized the dark and turbulent history of a failed continent. Tim butchers blood river provides ample evidence for this theory and also poses two more questions.
Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. His extraordinary book, blood river a journey to africas broken heart, describes a country with more past than present, where giant steamboats lie rotting in the advancing forest and children hear stories from their grandfathers of days when cars once drove by. Although i was wary of the distasteful undertone of the books premise tim butcher follows in the path of stanleys 187477 expedition from lake tanganyika to and down the congo river, blood river reveal itself to be a stunning and pertinent eyewitness account of the chaos consuming present day dr congo. Ever since henry morton stanley first charted its mighty river in the 1870s. Inspired by stanley, in 2004 journalist tim butcher decided to retrace his steps and follow the river congo through the heart of africa. Stanleys famous 1874 expedition in which he mapped the congo river. A compulsively readable account of an african country now virtually inaccessible to the outside world and one journalists daring and adventurous journey. The terrifying journey through the worlds most dangerous country kindle edition by butcher, tim. M stanleys route down the congo river, through the. The terrifying journey through the worlds most dangerous country. Blood river was written after butcher was posted as an africa foreign. In what ways does tim butcher explore the relationship between europe and africa in blood river.
So, i admit the books premise may be a little bit gimmicky, but tim butchers voice. Blood river a journey to africas broken heart by tim butcher takes you gently through the 20thcentury horror ride that is the history of the democratic republic of congo. The book not only tells the story of butchers journey but the remarkable story of the congo. Blood river tim butcher opis towaru a compulsively readable account of an african country now virtually inaccessible to the outside world and one journalists daring and adventurous journey. Stanley, who was the first to map out the interior of the congo in 1874, butcher traded the comfort of hotels. Blood river by tim butcher a compulsively readable account of a journey to the congo a a country virtually inaccessible to the outside world a vividly told by a daring and adventurous journalist.
Tim mention his crossing of the congo river and he compares it to stanley the first white man who revealed the congo river all the way to the ocean, he also compare the congo of 2004 with the congo of 1960s and 1940s and how life and economy degraded through these years to a state of total failure by the 2000s. The first edition of the novel was published in july 3rd 2007, and was written by tim butcher. Telegraphs tim butcher takes the reader on a dangerous and disturbing 44day trek along the path of the congo river, from the heart of subsaharan africa to the atlantic ocean. A journey to africas broken heart 1st paper back 2nd impression by butcher, tim isbn. Tim butcher is a bestselling british author, journalist and broadcaster. As a journalist tim butcher had covered stories from all over war torn africa, but it was the system of corruption and secrecy veiling the congo that sent him on an adventure quite unlike anything he had done before in his book blood river. Since then, he has covered such crises as the balkan wars of the 1990s, the allied invasion of iraq in 2003, and. An utterly absorbing narrative that chronicles tim butcher s fortyfourday journey along the congo river, blood river is an unforgettable story of exploration and survival. The book follows butchers mission to recreate the expedition of explorer h.
Blood river by tim butcher penguin books australia. For me, the best travel books are more than just narratives that just tell how the author did a, then b, then c they are books that use a real experience to help frame and understand larger issues surrounding the place they are traveling through. Blood river established tim as a new travelwriting talent. Browse tim butchers bestselling audiobooks and newest titles. Which episode in the book sticks most clearly in your head.
A journey to africas broken heart 1st paper back 2nd impression by tim butcher isbn. Butcher s trip, which he dubs ordeal travel, proceeds through the heart of the congo formerly the belgian congo, later zaire by motorbike. Oct 01, 2008 nonetheless, butcher finds a few rays of hope even in a place where, by his reckoning, about 1,200 lives a day are lost in a civil war that the international community seems to consider a lost cause without hope of ever being put right. The terrifying journey through the worlds most dangerous. Tim butcher worked for the daily telegraph from 1990 to 2009 as chief war correspondent, africa bureau chief, and middle east correspondent. Tim butcher is this newspapers middle east correspondent. When he is not describing the hazards of his journey, butcher ruminates on the legacy of stanley and the belgian colonialism that, however deeply flawed, had once started the process of taming this great river and linking the forest to the global economy. This book tells the story of the men and women of fighter command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout britain to thwart the nazis. Blood river by tim butcher overdrive rakuten overdrive. Born in 1967 in warwickshire, england, tim butcher was educated at oxford before embarking upon his career as a journalist for the daily telegraph. Blood river by tim butcher used very good 9780099494287. Max hastings tim butcher has written a wonderful adventure story about one of the least known regions of modern africa because it is among the most dangerous. A compulsively readable account of a journey to the congo a country.
Stanley to map the congo river, traveling alone with an assortment of. Click and collect from your local waterstones or get free uk delivery on orders over. Butcher s journey was a remarkable feat, but the story of the congo, told expertly and vividly in this book, is more remarkable still. Blood river is a compelling book written by tim butcher exploring his journey along the river congo tim had a fascination with the river congo, enhanced when he became africas correspondent for the daily telegraph. His first book, blood river, was a numberone bestseller in the uk and was shortlisted for the samuel johnson prize. Buy blood river by tim butcher from waterstones today. Max hastings tim butcher deserves a medal for this crazy feat. The terrifying journey through the worlds most dangerous country is a 2007 book by british journalist and writer tim butcher. Blood river was written after butcher was posted as an africa foreign correspondent for british newspaper the daily telegraph. Tim butchers quixotic journey, to follow the explorer stanleys epic voyage down the congo river from lake tanganyika to its outlet two thousand miles away into the atlantic, is a tale of endurance, ingenuity and scares aplenty, as he makes his way, by motor bike, river canoe and united nations barge, through a landscape devastated by war, and still menaced by lawless militia and armed desperate people trying to survive. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading blood river. James naughtie and a group of readers talk to journalist tim butcher about his bestselling travel book blood river.
Blood river by tim butcher is in the richard and judy shortlist 2008. When daily telegraph correspondent tim butcher was sent to cover africa in 2000 he quickly became obsessed with the idea of recreating h m stanleys famous expedition but. Butchers book is a masterful description of a country moving backward. The book was published in multiple languages including english, consists of 384 pages and is available in paperback format. A journalist with the daily telegraph from 1990 to 2009, in 2010 he received an honorary. When daily telegraph correspondent tim butcher was sent to cover africa he quickly became obsessed with the idea of recreating h. A journey to africas broken heart also published as blood river. Tim butcher is a bestselling author who blends travel with history. What did you know about the congo before reading blood river. Conrad may be the spirit, but the books more literal guide is the 19thcentury adventurer henry stanley, as miscreant an imperialist as ever there was. The terrifying journey through the worlds most dangerous country by tim butcher and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Butchers trip, which he dubs ordeal travel, proceeds through the heart of the congo formerly the. How can people live like this and how can a country fall so far. Jul 03, 2007 tim butcher s blood river provides ample evidence for this theory and also poses two more questions.
The book was published in multiple languages including english, consists of 384 pages and is. Discover more authors youll love listening to on audible. Blood river by tim butcher is in the top ten books about africa. A journalist with the daily telegraph from 1990 to 2009, in 2010 he received an honorary doctorate from. A brilliant account of a broken land, one that certainly deserves the attention this excellent book brings. The resulting book is part travelogue, part history, and completely riveting. Tim butcher on blood river, author interview youtube. He is the author of blood river 2007, chasing the devil 2010 and the trigger 2014, travel books blending contemporary adventure with history. His first book, blood river, was a numberone bestseller in the uk and was shortlisted for the samuel john. Blood river represents a remarkable marriage of travelogue and history, which deserves to make tim butcher a star for his prose, as well as his courage. Born in 1967, he was on the staff of the daily telegraph from 1990 to 2009, covering conflicts across the balkans, middle east and africa. Dec 15, 2010 tim butcher is a bestselling author who blends travel with history. Tim butcher the author recounts his audacious and perilous quest through the congo as he retraced the 1874 expedition of explorer h.1091 846 284 32 1488 985 916 1260 513 1242 1395 681 856 1276 1419 912 476 1436 274 575 972 747 218 849 776 852 1223 783 862 520 932 1217 1395 147 251 355 756 1412 597 481 257 730 1138 656 872 329 997 714 371 83