I recently read the reprint of “Travels in West Africa” by Mary Kingsley.

It is always a pleasure to experience a time and/or place with someone who is actually living there.

Kingsley should also be a grand example to those who disbelieve in themselves, or listen to naysayers, without trying to do something.

Best about this book is not so much the adventure being told but the actual writing of it. The experience is of wonderful storytelling with delightful humor.

Kingsley is someone you will wish you could have known and someone you wish could have lived longer just to learn what else she may have done and perhaps chosen to share with us.

Roger Bentley, Andover

 

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