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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. A profound disappointment to this tireless reader of contemporary travel in Africa. I read the Kindle version, not the print version. The typos, basically words run together, may have been corrected in the print version. Exploration and Folly in East Africa, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Both men are contemporary writers; both books are recent, and have appeared in the past year. Other readers seem to have enjoyed this book. Speaking for myself, though, if you only have time to read one account, I would choose Crazy River over this, in a heartbeat.
If you have time to read both, perhaps you'll come to some of the same conclusions I did. I confess I was startled at how poorly written Crossing the Heart is.
It is so much less detailed and nuanced than I had hoped for, with no sense of "voice. Or Grant, for that matter.
Written in a personal, story-telling style, Odyssey weaves excerpts of actual relationships with current and classic research to provide a better perspective on our. Odyssey of the Heart has 7 ratings and 0 reviews. Rate this book explains what psychologists know about how we act and react in close relationships.
Didn't care for this at all. Bernie Gourley Top Contributor: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This book tells two tales in parallel, connected by one theme: The author, Julian Smith, recounts the experience of Ewart Grogan, an English explorer whose life straddled the 19th and 20th centuries. Grogan and other 19th century explorers were subject to hazards far graver and more ever-present. Next, there was the tribal environment in which one would travel through dozens of tribal territories, all of whose chiefs expected tribute and many of which were outright hostile.
For Smith, rule of law was present in some form or fashion along most of his route, such that no one could just murder him and get off scot-free.
There was also the risk of crew desertions that could cripple an expedition. Traveling parties had to carry huge amounts of goods from surveying equipment to gifts to medicines to food stuffs. Anything less than an instant kill meant having to trudge into tall grass after a wounded creature that had a far greater killing capacity at close range. Anyone who has traveled in Africa knows that getting from place to place remains a slow and exhausting process.
While Grogan barely managed to drag himself through the swampy landscape, Smith was unable to proceed overland because of the conflict. I enjoyed this mix of travelogue and history. The book gives one insight into the changing nature of the world and, particularly, what was once called the Dark Continent.
One person found this helpful. Great idea to use 25 year old Grogan's trip across Africa as a counterpoint to Smith's own attempt to duplicate that journey. It's like reading two books in one--two adventure stories for the price of one--though crossing Africa in cannot in many ways compare to crossing in Grogan's motivation seemed to be real, true love whereas Smith's motivation seemed derived from more selfish, narcissistic reasons. It was the one thing that consistently annoyed me throughout the book--Smith's almost condescending attitude in his references to his girlfriend.
He was lucky to hang on to her in the end.
I enjoyed the sections of the book recounting Grogan's struggles as he made his way across the continent--incredible accomplishment for a 25 year old man. I commend Smith for undertaking such a trip but his trials and triumphs pale in comparison to Grogan's.
I'd have been more satisfied had the book been entirely about Grogan. Fitzpatrick also showed that in unhappy marriages, couples may refuse to use the communication skills they do have. Interestingly, for unmarried and perhaps some married people too, Tannen suggested that men often go to women for rapport-building, or morale-upgrading as it were, under certain conditions.
In particular, such an occasion is when the male has had his heart broken by a female.
Why does he not take the matter to his male chums? Because they usually only talk about such topics as sports, business, politics, or perhaps women whom they would like to get to know.
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