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Equatoria [Paperback]

Tom Dreyer

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Oct. 1 2008 1906300011 978-1906300012
Based on a real expedition by two American naturalists in the early 1900s, this novel starts out as a gung-ho African adventure story and becomes a stark portrait of misguided plans and colonial corruption. Willis Reed, a zoologist, and Guy Nichols, an entomologist, are commissioned by the Antwerp Zoo to bring back the first live specimen of an okapi, a shy, forest-dwelling creature that had taken on an almost mythical status after first being described by Sir Harry Johnston in 1902. Setting off into the jungles of central Africa, the men are confident about their mission to further scientific knowledge, but their idealism is eroded by encounters with Belgian colonial officials, fanatical rubber farmers, local tribes, and their own isolation.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Aflame Books (Oct. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906300011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906300012
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,304,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Intelligent, multi-layered, and absorbing, Equatoria is an African quest you want to read again and again."  —Deon Meyer, bestselling author, Blood Safari

"A spellbinding tale, written in eloquent prose: passionate, comic, and always deeply moving."  —Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger, Lafayette College, Pennsylvania

"Achingly beautiful prose creates a fever dream of our own dark nature. . . . This is a fine novel from a gifted novelist."  —John Straley, Alaska's writer laureate and author, The Woman Who Married a Bear

About the Author

Tom Dreyer is an information technologist and the author of two novels in his native Afrikaans.

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