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THE ZANZIBAR CHEST:A STORY OF LIFE,LOVE,&DEATH,1st HCDJ

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THE CHEST: A STORY OF LIFE, LOVE, AND DEATH IN FOREIGN LANDS by Aidan Hartley, Copyright 2003. This book is a stated First Edition. LIST PRICE: 24. "Mesmerizing...A sweeping, poetic homage to ."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) IN HIS FINAL DAYS, rising from a bed made of mountain cedar, lashed with thongs of rawhide from an Oryx shot many years before, Aidan Hartley's father says to him, "We should have never come." Those words spoke of a colonial legacy that stretched back over 150 years through four generations of one British family. From great-great-grandfather William Temple, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his role in defending British settlements in nineteenth-century New Zealand, to his father, a colonial officer sent to Africa in the 1920s, building dams and irrigation projects in Arabia in the 1940s, then returning to Africa to raise a family--these were intrepid men who traveled to exotic lands to conquer, to build. and to bear witness. Finally there is Aidan, who becomes a journalist covering in the 1990s. Weaving together stories of his childhood in , his family's history, and his experiences as a reporter, Aidan tells us what he saw. After the end of the Cold War, there seemed to be new hope for Africa but again and again--in , in , , and the , the terror and genocide prevailed. In , three of Aidan's close friends were torn to pieces by an angry mob. Then, after walking overland from with the rebel army, Aidan was witness to the terrible atrocities in , appearing at the sites and interviewing survivors days after the massacres. Finally, burnt out from a decade of horror, Aidan retreated to his family's house in where he discovered the chest his father left him. Intricately hand-carved and smelling of camphor, the chest contained the diaries of his father's best friend, Peter Davey, an Englishman who died under mysterious circumstances over fifty years earlier. Tucking the papers under his arm, Hartley embarked on a journey to southern in an effort not only to unlock the secrets of Davey's life, but of his own. He traveled to the remote mountains and deserts of southern where his father served as a British officer. He began to piece together the disparate elements of Davey's story, a man who fell in love with an Arabian woman and converted to Islam, but ultimately had to pay an exacting price. THE ZANZIBAR CHEST is an enthralling narrative of men and women meddling with, embracing, and ultimately being transformed by other cultures. "A stunning piece of work. There is an amazing depth, breadth and grace of fine writing in this book. It will reside permanently in my memory. No one should dare say the word '' without reading it."--JIM HARRISON "This is an extraordinary and heartbreaking book, the finest account of a war correspondent's psychic wracking since Michael Hen's Dispatches, and the best white writing from in many, many years."--RIAN MALAN "Hieronymus Bosch reincarnated as a frontline correspondent invited to the midnight banquet of Africa's bloody horrors, that's who Aidan Hartley seems to be, an outrageously brave and anguished heart disgorging the never-inert legacies of colonialism."--BOB SHACOCHIS. "A work of tremendous candor and vigor. Passionately articulated, THE CHEST offers a vision of through the eyes of the war reporter that is unsettling, compelling, and moving by turns. Reportage, history, family memoir, and personal testimony intertwine in a work of passion and intensity to create a book that is impossible to forget."--AMINATTA FORNA, author. "A profoundly moving masterpiece. Whether he's writing about a searing love affair in the middle of a war zone, or describing friendships made and lost in the confusion of the front lines, Hartley's book is heartbreaking, achingly beautiful, and shockingly honest. Rarely has a writer bared their soul to such magnificent effect. This is much, much more than a book about war reporting. It is an extraordinary tapestry of friendships, love affairs, betrayals, and murders, that finally come together to give us an intimate and epic portrait of in the twentieth century."-HOSSEIN AMINI, Academy Award-Nominated Screenwriter Of The Wings Of The Dove This hardbound book measures 6-1/4" x 9-1/2", contains 414 pages and is in very good condition.
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