The Congo and the Cameroons

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  • The Congo and the Cameroons
  • Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  • English
  • 14 May 2018
  • 0141025514

About the Author: Mary Henrietta Kingsley

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10 thoughts on “The Congo and the Cameroons

  1. Renee says:

    Suuuper colonial Africa Mary Kingsley is hilarious, and her observations about the nature around her are fascinating Only three stars because as can be expected from Victorian Colonial literature, there s a lot of racism about the people hauling her supplies up a mountain As I said, entirely expected, but not something I want to read.

  2. Daren says:

    This is a great little excerpt book Kingsley is a fascinating woman, well ahead of her time, and she writes very entertainingly It is hard to believe the original book was published in 1897.The book covers her travels through modern Gabon and her ascent of Mt Cameroon.There is some wonderful writing with this book The rocks are covered with moss and ferns, and the mist curling and wandering about among the stems is very lovely I have to pause in life s pleasures because I want to measure oneThis is a great little excerpt book Kingsley is a fascinating woman, well ahead of her time, and she writes very entertainingly It is hard to believe the original book was published in 1897.The book covers her travels through modern Gabon and her ascent of Mt Cameroon.There is some wonderful writing with this book The rocks are covered with moss and ferns, and the mist curling and wandering about among the stems is very lovely I have to pause in life s pleasures because I want to measure one of the large earthworms, which, with smaller sealing wax red worms, are crawling about He was eleven inches and three quarters He detained me some time getting this information, because he was so nervous during this operation. P50 My men shouted to me above the roar that it was a bad place They never give me half the credit I deserve for seeing danger, and they said Water all go for hole down there, we fit to go too suppose we fall Don t fall, I yelled which was the only good advice I could think of to give them just then. P112

  3. Marian says:

    The Congo and the Cameroons contains excerpts from Mary Kingsley s memoir Travels in West Africa, published in 1897 The first two sections cover some observations and anecdotes about West African flora and fauna, while the last two thirds of the book follow Mary s climbing of Mount Cameroon.Mary like her fellow solo traveler Isabella Bird was a tough cookie She was only about 33 years old when she decided to become the third Englishman to ascend the Peak of Mount Cameroon and the first The Congo and the Cameroons contains excerpts from Mary Kingsley s memoir Travels in West Africa, published in 1897 The first two sections cover some observations and anecdotes about West African flora and fauna, while the last two thirds of the book follow Mary s climbing of Mount Cameroon.Mary like her fellow solo traveler Isabella Bird was a tough cookie She was only about 33 years old when she decided to become the third Englishman to ascend the Peak of Mount Cameroon and the first to have ascended it from the southeast face p 33 34 With her trusty umbrella, some German camping gear, and a small group of native assistants, she set off into the jungle Surviving rain, mud, tornadoes, and a range of minor accidents, Mary was determined nothing, even her own moments of discouragement, would keep her from achieving her mission.Apart from bravely facing the elements and all kinds of creepy crawlies, Mary was also quite a character She writes much in the style of a male British officer of the day, referring to her assistants as the men or my boys Natives and Germans alike feature heavily in her jokes, so it is hard to tell whether she was racially prejudiced, misandrist, or simply impatient with anyone less committed to her goal than herself Either way, I really didn t care for her sense of humor.While I may not read the full memoir, I ll probably seek out a biography on Mary Kingsley, because it sounds like she had a very interesting life I was particularly interested to learn on Wikipedia that she met Mary Slessor, a missionary whose story fascinated me as a child Sadly, she died when she was only 37, serving as a volunteer nurse in the Second Boer War I can imagine how manyadventures she would have gone on had she lived a longer life, but it s amazing what she accomplished in the years she had

  4. Sally says:

    This is an absolutely fabulous tale of adventure and travel.I began it with a vague awareness that the author was related to Charles Kingsley he of the unreadable Water Babies and an expectation of perhaps a missionary journey.I was utterly wrongMiss Kingsley was his niece merely, a spirited and very funny writer with a distaste for missionary work With a team of native porters etc, she embarks on a truly daredevil voyage through crocodile infested mangrove swamps, forests of gorillas This is an absolutely fabulous tale of adventure and travel.I began it with a vague awareness that the author was related to Charles Kingsley he of the unreadable Water Babies and an expectation of perhaps a missionary journey.I was utterly wrongMiss Kingsley was his niece merely, a spirited and very funny writer with a distaste for missionary work With a team of native porters etc, she embarks on a truly daredevil voyage through crocodile infested mangrove swamps, forests of gorillas, and a successful ascent of Mt Cameroon, despite endless rain and recalcitrant servants.Despite utterly grim conditions, the author remains upbeat and entertaining, writing of the spectacular views, the mist shrouded forests and the dlorious flora, concluding Why did I come to Africa Why, who would not come to its twin brother hell itself for all the beauty and the charm of it

  5. Emi Ham says:

    This book is the bain of my existence Soooo boring I don t require a lot of action, in a book, but I require some action and a plot, not a hoytty toytty, racist english women describing her trip to the Nigerian jungle I only read this the check off a promo on my popular list.

  6. Adam says:

    as far as books by wild racists go, this was alright as far as travelogues go

  7. Brian Kovesci says:

    Mary s a funny lady.

  8. Lara Lleverino says:

    Lovely book with beautiful language and such picturesque descriptions I imagine Tolkien read this book and took her description of the Cameroon mountain for his land of Mirkwood.

  9. Stuart Hill says:

    Kingsley is an author I had not previously heard of and the brief introduction to this volume was not particularly enlightening As for the text itself, like others in the Great Journeys series it consists of short excerpts from books by the author.Kingsley s archaic and ponderous prose style takes some getting used to for a modern reader, but the book does benefit from her witty descriptions and amusing anecdotes concerning her travels in Africa Her gift for light comedy comes across clearly, Kingsley is an author I had not previously heard of and the brief introduction to this volume was not particularly enlightening As for the text itself, like others in the Great Journeys series it consists of short excerpts from books by the author.Kingsley s archaic and ponderous prose style takes some getting used to for a modern reader, but the book does benefit from her witty descriptions and amusing anecdotes concerning her travels in Africa Her gift for light comedy comes across clearly, though it is interesting for a modern audience how she characterises Africans as childlike buffoons Apparently she travelled to Africa as an anthropologist and was sympathetic to local customs to some degree, but also subscribed to some aspects of the notion of the civilising mission of Colonialism It could be the case that these excerpts do not give the full picture of the whole works they are taken from but without the benefit of detailed notes on this in the book, it is impossible to tell if this is the case or not.Quite enjoyable to read though not the greatest in the series, it is worth a look if you are interested in aspects of colonial Africa in the 19th century Adetailed introduction and the addition of footnotes would have made for a superior production

  10. Ape says:

    2010 bookcrossing review These aren t the longest of reads This one was pretty interesting, and a good read very descriptive I really got an image of the African mountains and mangroves in my mind from this little book.This one is from the late 1800s, and from one of the few female adventurers in this collection It s kind of amazing that this young woman went off travelling into Africa on her own and coped with it all Impressive There s a couple of short chapters in here, one about the 2010 bookcrossing review These aren t the longest of reads This one was pretty interesting, and a good read very descriptive I really got an image of the African mountains and mangroves in my mind from this little book.This one is from the late 1800s, and from one of the few female adventurers in this collection It s kind of amazing that this young woman went off travelling into Africa on her own and coped with it all Impressive There s a couple of short chapters in here, one about the mangroves along the west coast around the equator, and one about seeing elephants and gorillas But the bulk of this book is about her hiking expedition up Mount Mungo in the Cameroons The weather is tough, scorching sun or thrashing rain There s one brief description which evokes how much she suffered from the sun, saying that her face is a pain, and like a mask, and everytime she moves it cracks and starts bleeding A case of very bad sunburn.The very brief biography at the start is interesting as well It mentions that she made three trips to Africa, and ended up dying on the third, aged only 37