Venture to the Interior The Famous Story of One Man's



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  1. Diane in Australia Diane in Australia says:

    Okay my very first Laurens van der Post book and I found it to be just 'okay' This was first published in 1952 and therefore is dated but I'm fine with that I read a lot of older books I just didn't find it to be a real page turner and his philosophising wasn't all that interesting to me It was nice to read about the beauty of an unspoiled uninhabited section of Africa The rest of it not so much3 Stars It was 'okay'


  2. Amanda Nunn Amanda Nunn says:

    I was not far into the first part of this book when I started to feel suspicious Laurens provides some context for his adventure in the form of family history and what do you know? It's exciting on both sides Maybe it's just the jealousy of someone whose pedigree can best be described as peasants on both sides all the way back but this struck me aspossibly exaggerated So I turned to trusty GooglePerhaps it's ignorance but I'd never heard of Laurens van der Post before picking up this book And as it turns out the controversy surrounding this man is almost interesting than the book itself It's possible that he lied about or exaggerated many of his experiences His account of his family history on his father's side is one of the areas in which he may not have been entirely truthfulAside from his uestionable honesty it's not disputed that he treated women awfully He had multiple affairs abandoned his first wife and children and took advantage of a 14 year old girl who was entrusted to his care fathering a child with her and ruining her budding career as a dancer Far from the wise and good man he portrays himself as in his writingAfter the uestionable family history almost 100 pages of the book are occupied by his travel by aeroplane from England to Nyasaland modern day Malawi More specifically they are occupied by his crotchety old man complaining about this newfangled means of travel It's a common problem in books from this era air travel being so new that the author must spend many pages in excited wonderment or grouchy longing for the good old days of slow travel each of which tend to confound the modern reader to whom it's simply a normal part of travelIf you can make your way through the tiresome air travel section the narrative picks up from there and the book will become much pleasant to read Laurens along with two white companions and an excessive amount of native bearers explores mountain of Mlanje with its uniue ecosystem and unpredictable weather Here the tell tale signs of untruth once again rear their head Laurens in his great wisdom is able to pre cognitively predict disaster and like Cassandra warns his companions against all mistakes but alas They don't listen Disaster strikes but it is definitely super in no way saintly Laurens's faultAfter Mlanje Laurens moves on to the Nyika plateau in the north of Nyasaland Some of his descriptions of the scenery and wildlife are very beautiful and evocativeThe philosophical aspect which is supposed to be a big part of this book fell a bit flat with me A lot of the philosophical asides seemed frankly nonsensical to me they sounded deep on the surface but on examination it was impossible to figure out what Laurens was trying to say One part that was clear was that Laurens calls for peace and understanding between races while in the same breath sexualising black people and romanticising their primitive dark natures Since the last book I read by a South African from this era was much virulently racist I guess Laurens gets a teensy tiny point for being a slightly less ridiculously racist?To conclude the latter 200 pages of this book are entertaining if perhaps not strictly factual The main value I got from this book was a little understanding of the history and geography of Africa


  3. Bettie Bettie says:

    Dedication To Ingaret Giffardin order to defeat the latestof many separationsPart I THE JOURNEY IN TIME starts off by a snippet from Sir Thomas Browne We carry with us the wonderswe seek without us there is allAfrica and her prodigies in usOpening Africa is my Mother's countryRead on Malawi here wiki The Nyika Plateau lies in northern Malawi with a small portion in north eastern Zambia Most of it lies at elevations of 2100 to 2200 m the highest point being 2605m at Nganda Peak It is roughly a diamond in shape with a long north south axis of about 90 km and an east west axis of about 50 km It towers above Lake Malawi elevation 475 m and the towns of Livingstonia and Chilumba Its well defined north west escarpment rises about 700 m above the north eastern extremity of the Luangwa Valley and its similarly prominent south east escarpment rises about 1000 m above the South Rukuru River valleyIt is known for its wildlife including Burchell's Zebra many birds and endemic butterflies chameleons frogs and toads and also for its orchids All of the plateau is protected by Malawi's large Nyika National Park and the much smaller Nyika National Park Zambia The only settlement on the plateau is Chelinda the headuarters and accommodation site for the Malawian park


  4. Cathy Cathy says:

    Another one the my stupid grammar school gave us to read and study I was about 14 and understood nothing It did me no good at all at the timeI remember my headmaster suggesting that I read The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat or The Kontiki Expedition by Thor Heyerdahl I began reading these in my mid twenties and found Kontiki brilliant I could never have read it earlier I believe there's a right time to read a book and don't buy the kids something that's far too old for them You'll ruin it for themAnother lecture but hopefully useful


  5. Katja Willemsen Katja Willemsen says:

    Colonial and written in a clunky style of the times I nevertheless loved this book Van der Post has been accused of elaborating expanding inventing depends on the critic his memories but I didn't care He was an adventurer fascinated by cultural differences and even if his attitude is occasionally superior the stories he tells are rich and deeply personal


  6. Nicoletta Nicoletta says:

    CAPTIVATING HEARTFELT HONESTY COURAGEVan Der Post ventures into unknown territory in Africa on multiple long and difficult journey’s I felt a part of his thoughts and heart every step of the way and his reflections are so heartfelt and emotional his work takes the readers on a roller coaster of emotions His passion and love for Africa are conveyed so deeply and thoughtfully in his words and ideas in his books and I genuinely feel lucky to feel like I am on his journeys and experience the wonder yet struggles of his adventures He always finds ways to overcome the hardships and manages to see the light in every dark situation I really do recommend reading this book and any of his incredible stories whether they are fiction or his own experiences they are all eually uniue and beautiful to read


  7. Stephen Hayes Stephen Hayes says:

    It is 50 years since I read this book so I am reliant on my diary for what I thought It was uite a thought provoking book When I read it I had been in Britain for four months I was living in digs in Streatham in South London and driving buses for London Transport and feeling homesick for South Africa and rather alienated in Britain That was why i bought the book and read it and that coloured my attitude to the book It provoked two thoughts in me first that Laurens van der Post though born in Africa wrote about Africa like a European That annoyed me particularly because of my own circumstances at the time Secondly he wrote about forgiveness in a way that may have been reflected in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa thirty years later So this is what I wrote in my diary on 6 June 1966I read of Venture to the interior and came to the conclusion that van der Post is above all things a European He may have been born in Africa but to him Europe is home He writes about and sees Africa through European eyes Alan Paton is one South African writer I know who writes as an African as a non European There may be others but I haven't read them Much of what van der Post says is true though particularly about air travel There is something about an international airport that is unlocated almost like the in between land of pools in The magician's nephew It is neither here nor there It is not a part of the world at all A strange unreality pervades it and an atmosphere that both attracts and repels One is no longer located in time and space One is not anywhere but everywhere is a possibility The possibilities are exciting It is a sort of cocoon transitional stage only here you feel can you make the choice I am nowhere where shall I be? London? Nairobi? New York? Karachi? Paris? Entebbe? Johannesburg? Rome? Salisbury? All are possibilities It bugs me this European outlook the assumption of European superiority Even he born in Africa writes in terms of England as if England is the almighty bloody absolute from which everythingelse in the world is to be judged It is understandable in an Englishman who must describe new things in terms of what he already knows but not in someone brought up on a Free State farmHe writes very well at times but I can't help feeling that he is a traitor to the land of his birth He has become an Englishman And what is this England this soft land where the corners of everything are rubbed off? Where so many things are blurred and ill defined? The climate and geography are strange to meI have just been through an English spring but it is completely different to spring back home England in spring is like a great fat lazy cow chewing over the cud It is not as in South Africa a sudden awakening A fanfare of wattle blossoms to announce its arrival in August Then silence Then spring when in a few weeks of September everything turns green The azaleas and bougainvillias flower The winter brown turns to summer green and again there is silence for a space and then a fanfare of jacarandas to announce that the process is completed summer is here Not so in England There is a blurring of the edges a shading over from winter to summer Nogrand dramatic displays and flourishes but a little bit here a little bit there First this turns green then that One plant flowers then another Bushes blossom while the trees are still all dead It is a much slower process an unfolding like a movie lap dissolve done very slowly the new picture slowly emerging out of the old In South Africa it is like a changing of lantern slides one disappears and the other takes its place Both are beautiful but I think I still prefer ours6 Jun 1966 Van der Post on forgivenessOne thing that struck me in the first couple of chapters was his father's forgiving the British after the Boer War It has always been one of the frightening ironies of Afrikaner life that people like my father who with Smuts and Botha had fought and actually suffered in the war could forgive and begin anew whereas others alive today who were never in the heart of the conflict can still find it so hard to forgive an injury that was not even done to them and how can there be any real beginning without forgiveness?I noticed something similar in my experience with war crimes officers who had neither suffered internment under the Japanese nor even fought against them They were revengeful and bitter about our sufferings and our treatment than we were ourselves I have so often noticed that the suffering which is most difficult if not impossible to forgive is unreal imagined suffering There is no power on earth like imagination and the worst most obstinate grievances are imagined onesThis seems to touch on the core of a rather big uestion of human behaviour One is that we so often find it easier to forgive those who injure us than those who injure others; and this imagination business Reading about life in Nazi Germany conjures up all sorts of horrors but they are imaginary horrors I have never experienced them In South Africa there are probably the same horrors but one gets used to them This is why so many people emphatically deny that South Africa is a police state because it does not fit their mental image of a police state But Germans probably felt the same 30 years agoI seem to recollect Trevor Huddleston in his book Naught for yourcomfort saying how much harder it was to forgive things done to other people because one can only imagine how they feel And those who uestioned the value of Liberal Party rural meetings because you know that you go to encourage them in the face of SB intimidation but by going you only encourage the SB to step up their campaign of intimidation But it is a selfish martyrdom attitude a sort of I alone can bear the suffering kick But they too must bear their share of suffering we are not the ones to deny it to them It is their privilege as members of God's kingdom


  8. Joshua Green Joshua Green says:

    The first thing I've read by van der Post I really enjoy his style of mixing travelogue with just enough philosophizing He pauses regularly but not for too long to reflect on various things along the way and points in his own life often breaking chronology for the sake of making points or drawing connections The book follows his journey to and through Malawi then the British protectorate of Nyasaland on a surveying mission The author is so mum on the point or details of his mission though they the reader barely knows why he is traveling but that isn't a criticism as this isn't the point of the book Van der Post makes some insightful observations on his own wartime prisoner of war PTSD although of course he doesn't call it that throughout and there are some engaging character sketches and evocative descriptions of the vanished time and distant places he moves through I enjoyed the book until the end but couldn't help but think the author's writing skills were going somewhat to waste on this relatively minor journey What I mean is the author makes many allusions to other events in his life throughout which suggest to me that the period documented in this book is one of the least interesting portions of his life his early life growing up in Africa and particularly his WW2 military service and imprisonment all sound far interesting So I hope that his deliberately autobiographical 'Yet Being Someone Other' or 'Walk with a White Bushman' might see him using his talented memoir style to its fullest effect Nice workmanlike edition by The Hogarth Press


  9. Adrian Fingleton Adrian Fingleton says:

    I know this book is extremely dated and some of the views are mired in a time when racial euality was not a widespread concept However it's written from the heart by an interesting man and some of his philosophising is uite ahead of it's time with a strong ecological theme running through it Effectively the book boils down to two journeys into uncharted Nyasaland later to become Malawi I think and the author keeps the reader engaged all the way He paints a picture of unspoiled lands rich with game and with an air of mystery due to the fact that he's effectively 'off the map' I enjoyed the book albeit the long long air trip from London to his destination goes on way too long Apart from that very enjoyable


  10. Liz Wager Liz Wager says:

    I read this on a trip to Malawi but I'm afraid it only served to remind me that van der Post is not my favourite travel writer I enjoy his descriptions and it was interesting to read about Blantyre in the 1940s when I was there but I can't take his pompous philosophising


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