A Woman's Journey Across Africa

Book - 2001
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Random House, Inc.
The adventure began when a young British photographer, Kevin Muggleton, suggested driving from one end of Africa to the other–“You know, the old ‘Cape to Cairo’ sort of thing.” For the renowned feminist writer Ann Jones, it soon became an expedition with a mission: to find the legendary Lovedu, a tribe ruled by a great rainmaking queen and dedicated to the “feminine” ideals of compromise, cooperation, tolerance, and peace.

Setting out from Tangier in a battered old blue-and-yellow Land Rover, Jones and Muggleton face daunting physical challenges, from shifting sand in the Sahara to deep mud wallows in Zaire. They encounter severe food shortages in Mali, military roadblocks in Nigeria, and corrupt border guards all over. In Mauritania they meet a young girl who offers to give Jones her baby sister. As they pass through the ever-changing face of Africa toward a meeting with the Queen of the Lovedu, Jones is perceptive, funny, moving, astute–everything a good travel writer should be. You’ll feel you’re right there beside her, meeting the people, marveling at the physical beauty of the land, sharing in the grand adventure.

Baker & Taylor
The acclaimed travel writer describes her and a companion's dangerous, adventure-filled odyssey through Africa in search of the Lovedu, a legendary tribe ruled by a rainmaking queen who became the inspiration for Haggard's She, detailing their experiences as they journeyed from the Sahara to Zaire. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
The adventure writer Ann Jones tells the story of her overland journey, with the British photographer Kevin Muggleton, from one end of Africa to the other. Their purpose: to reach the southernmost tip of the continent and find the Lovedu people, a legendary tribe guided by the "feminine" principles of compromise, tolerance, generosity, and peace. A tribe that was known for its use of skillful diplomacy instead of warfare, and was ruled by a wise and powerful magician, a great rainmaking queen - the inspiration for H. Rider Haggard's novel She.
Together Jones and Muggleton set out from England in a 1980 powder-blue army surplus Series III Land Rover. They hurry through France and Spain to Gibraltar and board an intercontinental ferry to North Africa. In Morocco they work a scam to circumvent government red tape, and travel on toward the first great challenge of the journey: the Sahara, where they set out alone, through roadless shifting dunes, across the great apricot-colored expanse of desert.
Ann Jones writes of how she travels on in search of the Lovedu people: through Tanzania and Malawi and the Tete Corridor of Mozambique to the ruins of the once-magnificent city of Great Zimbabwe. She writes of crossing the Limpopo River into South Africa, where her long journey culminates in an audience with Modjadji V, Queen of the Lovedu.

Baker
& Taylor

The travel writer describes her and a companion's adventure-filled odyssey through Africa in search of the Lovedu, a legendary tribe ruled by a rainmaking queen who became the inspiration for Haggard's She, detailing their experiences as they journeyed from the Sahara to Zaire.

Publisher: NEW YORK Vintage Books 2001
ISBN: 9780375705335
0375705333
Characteristics: 268

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