By Graham Greene
His brain crowded with brilliant photos of Africa, Graham Greene trigger in 1935 to find Liberia, a distant and strange republic based for published slaves. Now with a brand new creation by means of Paul Theroux, Journey with out Maps is the spellbinding checklist of Greene's trip. Crossing the red-clay terrain from Sierra Leone to the coast of Grand Bassa with a sequence of porters, he got here to understand one of many few parts of Africa untouched by way of colonization. Western civilization had now not but impinged on both the human psyche or the social constitution, and neither poverty, sickness, nor starvation appeared in a position to quell the local spirit.
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