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Looking for Lovedu : days and nights in Africa
Jones, Ann
Adult Nonfiction DT12.75 .J66 2001

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Faced with the hardships of trans-African travel on a shoestring budget, how long can two ill-matched travelers maintain a cooperative relationship? According to adventure writer Jones, about as far as Zaire. Jones (Women Who Kill, etc.) and her companion, a brawny and intrepid British photographer, resolve to cross the African continent in a souped-up Land Rover, ostensibly on a mission to find the legendary Lovedu tribe of southern Africa. The Lovedu are organized as a matriarchal monarchy; their queen is a rainmaking, peace-loving diplomat. Jones's curiosity about the feminist society increases even as her companion grows more obsessed with the challenges of transitÄgreedy border guards, blistering heat, car trouble. She finds herself subject to the whims of a "petrol head," whose only interest is to press on across the deserts, mudslides and ravines that stand between him and the finish line. In Kenya, Jones frees herself of this masculine ballast and proceeds to Loveduland with female companions. Her account of her high-speed odyssey affords a startling glimpse of modern Africa; its conclusion in the woods of Loveduland gives the lighthearted exploit a deeper significance. Already at an age that most African women will not live to see, Jones is both a dauntless adventurer and a wise observer. Charming and well written, her story should be popular with readers interested in a woman's perspective on African exploration. (Jan. 30) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The themes here are familiar: Africa's harsh living conditions, its natural beauty, and its intriguing peoples and cultures. Jones, an award-winning writer and photographer from Wisconsin, recounts her journey through Africa in search of the LoveduDthe tribe ruled by the legendary rainmaking queen. Though she eventually visits the land of the Lovedu people, only one of the book's 30 chapters is actually devoted to this Bantu tribe and its ruler. However, the deceptiveness of the title is adequately compensated for by the exciting descriptions of the trans-African expedition, which covers several countries and reaches every region of the continent. Jones spices her stories with occasional doses of history and writes in a prose that is at once captivating and beautiful, humorous and exciting. This lighthearted yet informative reading will surely delight those who love exotic adventures. Recommended for all public and academic libraries.DEdward K. Owusu-Ansah, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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