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Livingstone's River

A History of the Zambesi Expedition, 1858-64

By (author) George Martelli
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Vintage Publishing, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Published: 24th Sep 1970
Dimensions: w 140mm h 220mm
Weight: 624g
ISBN-10: 0701115270
ISBN-13: 9780701115272
Barcode No: 9780701115272

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The most famous person in Britain of his time, David Livingstone was an eminently Victorian hero down to the vigilant monitoring of his bowels as annotated in the Journals and the Narrative on which this firm and quite fascinating account is based. There has been singularly little about him in the last years however strongly interest in the era has been revived, and Mr. Martelli's book deals with the Zambezi Expedition in which Livingstone furthered his "supreme aim." It was in part fulfilled when he raised his mission at the last village before the cataracts: "We seem to be invited to stand in the gap and arrest a flood of slavery." Thus a civilizer rather than an explorer, with the arrogance of the self-appointed zealot, Livingstone is more prone to fascination than sympathy. He carried on his journey to what he called the dark interior through six years of disharmony and frustration, beginning with his first quarrel with his second-in-command, enduring through the perpetual damp, fevers, thirst and hunger, and proceeding rack and ruinously after the death of Mrs. Livingstone ("a queer piece of furniture") who joined him there. Martelli retells the ill-conceived expedition well, assessing the man and his failings, and appending a few redemptive comments for one who was so intolerant of others. . . . For the Moorehead market, one may well presume. (Kirkus Reviews)