Laurens van der Post
Venture to the Interior
July 14, 2019 Comments.. 628
Venture to the Interior An account of a journey on foot across the mountains to the two lost worlds of Central Africa Adventure discovery and tragedy teem in this famous account of a trek into the sinister primeval height

  • Title: Venture to the Interior
  • Author: Laurens van der Post
  • ISBN: 9780156935296
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • An account of a journey on foot across the mountains to the two lost worlds of Central Africa Adventure, discovery, and tragedy teem in this famous account of a trek into the sinister, primeval heights of Mount Mlanje and the cloud veiled uplands of Myika.

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    1. Dlmrose says:

      3.5

    2. Amanda Nunn says:

      I was not far into the first part of this book when I started to feel suspicious. Laurens provides some context for his adventure in the form of family history, and what do you know? It's exciting on both sides. Maybe it's just the jealousy of someone whose pedigree can best be described as "peasants on both sides, all the way back" but this struck me aspossibly exaggerated. So I turned to trusty Google.Perhaps it's ignorance, but I'd never heard of Laurens van der Post before picking up this bo [...]

    3. Bettie☯ says:

      Dedication: To Ingaret Giffardin order to defeat the latestof many separations.Part I THE JOURNEY IN TIME starts off by a snippet from Sir Thomas Browne:"We carry with us the wonderswe seek without us: there is allAfrica and her prodigies in us"Opening: Africa is my Mother's country.Read more on Malawi here: fhsbandawe/travel-log-bFrom wiki_ The Nyika Plateau lies in northern Malawi, with a small portion in north eastern Zambia. Most of it lies at elevations of 2100 to 2200 m, the highest point [...]

    4. Katja Willemsen says:

      Colonial and written in a clunky style of the times, I nevertheless loved this book. Van der Post has been accused of elaborating/ expanding/ inventing (depends on the critic) his memories, but I didn't care. He was an adventurer, fascinated by cultural differences, and even if his attitude is occasionally superior, the stories he tells are rich, and deeply personal.

    5. Cathy says:

      Another one the my stupid grammar school gave us to read and study. I was about 14 and understood nothing. It did me no good at all at the time.I remember my headmaster suggesting that I read The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat, or The Kontiki Expedition by Thor Heyerdahl. I began reading these in my mid-twenties and found Kontiki brilliant. I could never have read it earlier. I believe there's a right time to read a book, and don't buy the kids something that's far too old for them. You'll ruin [...]

    6. Stephen Hayes says:

      It is 50 years since I read this book, so I am reliant on my diary for what I thought. It was quite a thought-provoking book. When I read it, I had been in Britain for four months, I was living in digs in Streatham in South London, and driving buses for London Transport, and feeling homesick for South Africa, and rather alienated in Britain. That was why i bought the book and read it, and that coloured my attitude to the book. It provoked two thoughts in me: first, that Laurens van der Post, tho [...]

    7. Liz Wager says:

      I read this on a trip to Malawi but I'm afraid it only served to remind me that van der Post is not my favourite travel writer. I enjoy his descriptions (and it was interesting to read about Blantyre in the 1940s when I was there) but I can't take his pompous philosophising

    8. Eimear says:

      DNF at 50/250 pages I have absolutely no ambition to read this right now, so byee

    9. Susan Armstrong says:

      This remains one of my favourite books by one of my favourite authors. On the surface this book is about a true, post WWII adventure and exploration -- philosopher Sir Laurens van der Post's incredible and dramatic journey into the interior of Africa to survey certain areas for the colonial British government. However as always with van der Post's writing his meaning is deeper and is woven so beautifuly throughout the text. As the title eludes, this is a bold and grand venture into the interior [...]

    10. Nick says:

      I liked this book as I like all of Van der Post's work. It is easy to put him down. His perspective is not ours (part British African Colonial, part Boer, part Dutch), some of what he writes probably belongs in the realms of tall stories, he can be somewhat arrogant and multiple references to 'natives' grate on modern sensibilities. Despite that his writing is fresh, clear, often with a poetic quality to it as well as a ring of honesty.This book is as much about an inner journey as an outer, geo [...]

    11. Peer says:

      Read half of it. Couldn't get over the complacent writing style. The story is too much focused on the writer himself. Maybe nice for his family. But I'm no family

    12. Andrew Bentley-Steed says:

      To be honest, I had to push myself to keep reading in places as I was never a fan of empire or the vapid mindset which goes with being a loyal subject. Though the author doesn't share the racist views of his peers - and certainly of that period of history - the book has not dated well, serving only as an insight into how people of our grandparent's generation viewed the world.

    13. Christopher says:

      Brilliant book. Moves effortlessly between deep personal recollections, musings and insight to vivid descriptions of a wild environment around him. Interesting views of the (Colonial) White-Black relationship with some fairly progressive views for 1952.Made me want to go to Nyasaland and find similar stimulus.

    14. Duana Ogden says:

      I found a really old copy of this book and it was fun to hear his impressions on Africa post ww II, still under colonial power, pre apartied. This author sounds like a very interesting man and his views on Africa are not popular with his times. I would like to read more.

    15. Miriam says:

      I had a dream one night. I saw a stone wall with big slabs of stone and on one of them was written L v d P. Later I found this book in the bookshelf of my mother and remembered the initials from my dream. I read the book. One of my absolute favorites.

    16. Lee Belbin says:

      A good insight into South Africa

    17. Caroline says:

      The most boring and soporific of the textbooks I had to read for the GCE -- a view shared by almost everyone in my class.

    18. Mariana says:

      I've started reading Laurens Van der Post in order from the beginning because he is a valuable writer who cares about people.

    19. Kasiek says:

      kasiek-mysli/2015

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