This was an interesting read but it does feel a bit dated now It has a real British empire, God save the King side to it, there is a definite line between the White man and the Natives , you can see Graham Greene is trying to cross that line and be sensitive, but it doesn t stop him from treating his team very slightly better than slaves and then he just abandons them at the end to find their own way home.
Whilst reading this I was wondering if Graham lost a bet and was forced to go on this journey because right from the start he is focused on the ending and tits There is no enjoying the walk, looking for wildlife, anybody he meets he doesn t trust unless they are white and he barely puts any effort in to enjoying the experience The writing changes near the end of his trip when he gets a fever, he suddenly develops a bond with the country and life in general Seeing the change In 1935 Graham Green traveled by foot from the West African Coast of Sierra Leone, through French Guinea, and into the depths of the Liberian Forest, a region unmapped at the time and labeled with the foreboding word, Cannibals, as the only descriptor as to what he would discover in his travels through the region Greene s travels were hardly pure back country roughing since he was able to hire men to carry his mosquito net, cooking supplies, and a case of whiskey that he drank religiously throughout the 4 week, 350 mile trek However, despite the bourgeois background to Green s travels, his purpose was purely exploratory for the sake of learning and other than a brief period near the end when he was suffering with fever, he trekked the entire distance on foot.
Greene traveled into independent Liberia at a time when Europe had already divided up Africa for her own This is slight Greene, but even slight Greene has its rewards There is crisp lovely evocative wrting, there are some interesting memory passages, and the descriptions of what he sees are fascinating On the other hand, his take on race is very much from the 1930s Greene s admiration for the noble savage may seem trite and or offensive, as is his willingness to exploit native labor, but he also recognizes the degrading nature of colonialism and the brutalities of economic exploitation So while we might wish some passages away, that s really hindsight talking The main problem with this book is that Greene is too sick and weary through much of it to really engage, mentally or emotionally, with his surroundings or his w
Journey without MapsI ve been reading some of the comments on and Goodreads on Graham Greene s book before writing this I ve read most of Greene s work, some many times, but not this until just now, and I was interested in what others thought of it I don t seem to see it the same way You can investigate those other opinions for yourself, but here s a little of my take.
It goes back to Norman Sherry s fabled three volume biography In the introduction to Volume Two he writes In life he was not willing to allow full entrance even to those familiar with his secret life Two life s there tut tut Sherry He goes on to state at greater length what is generally accepted as true about Greene s character that he put lots of time and energy into concealing himself from all those around him, that he kept secrets privately and professionally, that fo Greene s description of a journey into the interior of Liberia While there are a lot of assumptions about African culture and people, Greene is a acute and honest observer of himself than many travelers In my opinion, that makes this book worth reading as Greene interrogates the travel adventure impulse.
Liberia was a soul wrenching experience, a country forgotten and not so different from when GG was there I carried the book with me and referred to it often and although the material was anachronistic and colonial, it still had some relevance and when I was over whelmed by the inherent contradictions of what I was seeing, found it comforting.
Ê Journey without Maps ¿ As it happens, before I read this book I had already read and greatly enjoyed a book that had been inspired by this one that led a man to travel through Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia in dangerous times 1 I am greatly fond of travel books, and this book is certainly an interesting one, and one that reveals a great deal about the mixed character of Graham Greene as a writer and as a person As one might easily imagine, it is easy to have mixed feelings about this book Greene was an observant but also a highly cynical observer, and so this book shares a certain amount of trenchant observations about Liberian life and some commentary that may strike contemporary readers as rather awkward and cringy Greene was, without a doubt, a man of his own time and while this book is a great travel book, not all of its ideas have necessar Mind Crowded With Vivid Images Of Africa, Graham Greene Set Off In To Discover Liberia, A Remote And Unfamiliar Republic Founded For Released Slaves Now With A New Introduction By Paul Theroux, Journey without Maps Is The Spellbinding Record Of Greene S Journey Crossing The Red Clay Terrain From Sierra Leone To The Coast Of Grand Bassa With A Chain Of Porters, He Came To Know One Of The Few Areas Of Africa Untouched By Colonization Western Civilization Had Not Yet Impinged µ Journey without Maps Ü Download by ¾ Graham Greene On Either The Human Psyche Or The Social Structure, And Neither Poverty, Disease, Nor Hunger Seemed Able To Quell The Native SpiritFor Than Seventy Years, Penguin Has Been The Leading Publisher Of Classic Literature In The English Speaking World With Than , Titles, Penguin Classics Represents A Global bookshelf Of The Best Works Throughout History And Across Genres And Disciplines Readers Trust The Series To Provide Authoritative Texts Enhanced By Introductions And Notes By Distinguished Scholars And Contemporary Authors, As Well As Up To Date Translations By Award Winning Translators I don t know if it s me or the book itself, or the fact that I grabbed this one right after reading Kapuscinski s extraordinary The shadow of the sun , but I found Greene s account banal, ignorant and at times racist Very chaotic narrative combined with the old English made it also quite difficult to read and as such, decided to drop the book at some point after half way through.
Graham Greene, ent o um jovem escritor, parte em 1935 da Serra Leoa ao tempo, col nia brit nica para a Lib ria independente, onde pretende viajar pelo interior, num percurso nunca antes tentado por ocidentais, para o qual nem sequer havia ainda mapas Contrata uma grande equipa de carregadores e guias para o levarem, a ele e uma corajosa prima, a sua nica companhia civilizada.
Os motivos da viagem n o s o claros, ou n o s o claramente explicados pelo autor, que trabalharia mais tarde para os Servi os Secretos brit nicos Greene menciona apenas o seu fasc nio pela frica tropical e pela Lib ria, ent o o nico pa s independente de frica, com uma hist ria curiosa, por ter sido formado por emigrantes negros norte americanos que desejavam criar um pa s democr tico, esclarecido e livre em frica, inspirados nos ideais dos pais fundador