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“Happy again, back in the kingdom of light,” writes Paul Theroux as he sets out on a new journey through the continent he knows and loves best. Theroux first came to Africa as a twenty-two-year-old Peace Corps volunteer, and the pull of the vast land never left him. Now he returns, after fifty years on the road, to explore the little-traveled territory of western Africa and to take stock both of the place and of himself.

His odyssey takes him northward from Cape Town, through South Africa and Namibia, then on into Angola, wishing to head farther still until he reaches the end of the line. Journeying alone through the greenest continent, Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of postcolonial independence movements. Leaving the Cape Town townships, traversing the Namibian bush, passing the browsing cattle of the great sunbaked heartland of the savanna, Theroux crosses “the Red Line” into a different Africa: “the improvised, slapped-together Africa of tumbled fences and cooking fires, of mud and thatch,” of heat and poverty, and of roadblocks, mobs, and anarchy. After 2,500 arduous miles, he comes to the end of his journey in more ways than one, a decision he chronicles with typically unsparing honesty in a chapter called “What Am I Doing Here?”

Vivid, witty, and beautifully evocative, The Last Train to Zona Verde is a fitting final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of readers

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Quotes & Awards

  • “He has no illusions about the fact that he is just a passing visitor (a privileged one at that), but that doesn’t make his observations, or exquisite writing, any less engaging.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Thoroughly engrossing—from Cape Town to Namibia to the Okavango Delta, Theroux is his inimitable, delightfully grouchy and incisive self…At times tragic, often comical and always gorgeously written, this is a paean to a continent, by a writer unafraid to give it some tough love.”

    Washington Post

  • “Theroux is at his best when he tells their stories, happy and sad...Theroux’s great mission had always been to transport us beyond that reading chair, to challenge himself—and thus, to challenge us.”

    Boston Globe

  • “If this book is proof, age has not slowed Theroux or encouraged him to rest on his achievements…Gutsy, alert to Africa’s struggles, its injustices and history.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Everything is under scrutiny in Paul Theroux’s latest travel book—not just the people, landscapes and sociopolitical realities of the countries he visits, but his own motivations for going where he goes…His readers can only be grateful."

    Seattle Times 

  • “Theroux’s prose is as vividly descriptive and atmospheric as ever and, though a bit curmudgeonly, he’s still wide open to raw, painful interactions between his psyche and his surroundings.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “His ability to map new terrain, both interior and exterior, and to report from places that seldom make the news, remains undiminished.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “In this intensely personal book, Theroux honestly confronts racism, stigma, privilege and expectations…Reading this enlightening book won’t only open a window into Theroux’s mind, it will also impart a deeper understanding of Africa and travel in general.”

    Kirkus (starred review)

  • A 2013 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Adult Books
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