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Water Music (The Penguin Contemporary American Fiction Series)
by T.C. Boyle, James R. Kincaid | Literature & Fiction
Registered by Cocojo of Roma, Lazio Italy on 5/8/2007
Average 10 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by Cocojo from Roma, Lazio Italy on Tuesday, May 08, 2007

10 out of 10

one of my favourite stories about two guys from London in the early 19th century on their voyage up the river Niger. 


Journal Entry 2 by Cocojo at Café Gloria (OBCZ) in Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Tuesday, May 08, 2007

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Released 10 yrs ago (5/8/2007 UTC) at Café Gloria (OBCZ) in Zürich, Zürich Switzerland

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Journal Entry 3 by spy-there from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Wednesday, May 09, 2007

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Ok., that one I've read in German. Was not my favourite Boyle, but a Boyle is a Boyle ...
=^.^=
 


Journal Entry 4 by spy-there at Café Gloria (OBCZ) in Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (8/29/2013 UTC) at Café Gloria (OBCZ) in Zürich, Zürich Switzerland

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Sorry for that, but in all those years I never was in the mood to read this book again. It depicts Mungo Park who travels into the heart of Africa and is bound to find and explore the river Niger - whilst his wife and children freeze in Scotland .. that much I remember.

Now Vegania will release it for Synchronized Swimming.
To the majestic sounds of Handels Water Music we release this book together with Wonderland to build a harmonic bridge between OBCZ Gloria and the other meeting place. Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-taah ... 


Journal Entry 5 by spy-there at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (11/11/2014 UTC) at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland

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ok, second release attempt: Took it to the meet-up for our far traveled guest :) Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 6 by spy-there at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

10 out of 10

Dante's inferno and Hieronymus Bosch's distorted deadly sins are sheer wellness spas in comparison with Boyle's description of Africa in the 18th century. He skips no beastly or humanly danger which lie in wait for his hero, the foolhardy, scottish explorer Mungo Park, on his search of the legendary river Niger. Park is captured by the moors, starved, beaten, repeatedly robbed and escapes death several times by sheer luck, mostly thanks Johnson, his black servant who generally possesses more sense of reality.

Historical facts are Park's guide Johnson, his capture at Ludamar by muslim chief Ali, the slave trader Karfa Taura who nursed the explorer back to health, his book «Travels in the Interior of Africa», the marriage with his former employer's daughter Allison, his early death in Boussa ... well, quite everything is historically occupied. But what Boyle makes of it is altogether another thing. A brilliantly woven adventure; a multi layered story of stout-hearted daredevils, of love and vanity. It's also immensely funny - as always with Boyle in a rather dark tinge ;)

The handling of animals is of course utterly heart-breaking. Park and Johnson force their ailing horse and ass to exhaustion, maltreated beasts of burden die under threefold cargos on the road and so on. Maybe Boyle wanted to add more of Park's unkind sides? Though the hero anyway does not come out very sympathetic: he deserts his family, wallows narcissistically in fame, stumbles clumsily and blue-eyed through cultures of which he has no inkling. But it's in any case a fantastic portrait of a forgotten discoverer. 


Journal Entry 7 by faerie-glen at Ulm, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Friday, November 14, 2014

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Picked up at the meetup in Zürich. 


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