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No Room in the Ark quotes No Room in the Ark, litcharts No Room in the Ark, symbolism No Room in the Ark, summary shmoop No Room in the Ark, No Room in the Ark bde3dc16 A Fascinating Portrait Of Africa In The S A Seminal Book Of Its Era As The Author Visits The Pygmys And Get To Close Quarters To Wild Gorillas From An Era When Man And The Animal Kingdom Held An Uneasy Truce Moorehead S Misgivings About This Fragile Ecology Were Sadly Prophetic


10 thoughts on “No Room in the Ark

  1. says:

    Alan Moorhead s book, reads as a nostalgic view of Africa While not a continuous narrative each chapter makes up an individual essay or article, previously serialised in New Yorker and Sunday Times they all speak the same language Published in 1959, but written from 1957 to 1959 it is described as a portrait of Africa in the 1950s so many of the now independent countries of Africa were still European colonies Most high level managers and other positions of authority were filled by Euro Alan Moorhead s book, reads as a nostalgic view of Africa While not a continuous narrative each chapter makes up an individual essay or article, previously serialised in New Yorker and Sunday Times they all speak the same language Published in 1959, but written from 1957 to 1959 it is described as a portrait of Africa in the 1950s so many of the now independent countries of Africa were still European colonies Most high level managers and other positions of authority were filled by Europeans.Perhaps Moorhead s thoughts were somewhat ahead of his time, or perhaps he was just in a position to articulate the thoughts of others as he speaks of the ivory trade, the wanton hunting of wild animals and the pressures on the environment He describes it a period when man and the wild animals held an uneasy truce The widespread ownership of high powered guns had not yet devastated the animal stocks Yet, we don t get pained by Moorhead, he outlines situations and speculates lightly, but doesn t preach.Essays follow a topic or a journey, sometimes repeat journeys to one area His story of visiting gorillas in the Congo Belgian Congo at the time was a standout and apparently his most popular when published Another covers a trip down the Nile from Uganda, South Sudan and Sudan The balance are largely devoted to animals and traditional tribes, and it is here that be perhaps writes with the most passion The multitudes of animals are too many to list accurately, the many types of antelopes gazelle, hyena, warthogs, buffalo, wildebeast, ostrich, crocodiles, baboons and of course such crowd favourites as lions, leopards, elephants, rhino, hippopotami, giraffe, zebra Not to mention the birds.There were also a few less known animals that got mention, such as the serval and the hyrax.A quote on the hyrax, P48 Talking about a night spent in a comfortable bungalow.It ought to be soothing, the log fire, the warm eiderdown on your bed, but I found I slept restlessly The hyrax suddenly shatters the black darkness with its terrifying cry This animal is no bigger than a squirrel, but the noise it makes is that of a creaking door in a silent empty house So jarring, so savage, so absolutely uncalled for you can only imagine that some awful tragedy has taken place in the darkness.And another to put you off the book, if you are unable to separate the book from its time a very un pc description of pygmies in the Congo, P71 There is, I suppose, a certain fascination about the idea of pygmies, but nobody in Africa warned me of that it was like to meet them face to face They smell like no other living creatures on earth, and it is not the sort of smell that can be politely ignored Then too, it is not so much the smallness that impresses you it is their shape and by no indulgence can this be called anything but repulsive, With their swollen stomachs, their spindly little legs, and their clutching hands, they remind you somewhat of the gnomes and gargoyles on mediaeval cathedrals in Europe To be fair one has to admit that the pygmies are friendly and cheerful people, and that they have a reputation of being great hunters they move like shadows through the jungle But don t think I am curious about pygmies anyIf you have seen one you have seen them all.Overall, probably a 3.5 star read, rounded up to 4 I have a number of Alan Moorhead books in my shelf, although this is the first I have read I wouldn t hesitate to read the others on the strength of this one


  2. says:

    This book is outdated and is definitely not something that would be written today Moorhead travels round Africa with a large focus on East Africa in this not long after the Second World War It is a mixture of zoological, anthropological and geographical commentary However it tells a lotof the western colonial and traveller mindset and views at the time which is what makes it an interesting read and insight.


  3. says:

    There were some great photos and drawings in this book Moorehead took some trips to Africa in the 50s to Kruger National Park I really enjoyed reading his vivid descriptions of the weather, landscape and animals especially incidents where he came into closer contact with the wildlife Not so nice was reading his descriptions of the various native tribes and sickened with the issue of poachers One of the most interesting sections of the books describes a hike his party took into the foothills There were some great photos and drawings in this book Moorehead took some trips to Africa in the 50s to Kruger National Park I really enjoyed reading his vivid descriptions of the weather, landscape and animals especially incidents where he came into closer contact with the wildlife Not so nice was reading his descriptions of the various native tribes and sickened with the issue of poachers One of the most interesting sections of the books describes a hike his party took into the foothills of Mount Muhavura in hopes of seeing mountain gorillas


  4. says:

    An interesting glimpse into an East Africa of the immediate post WWII period that probably no longer exists, or has at least changed considerably I would be interested to learn from people who lived through that period what they think of the changes that have taken place since.One of the most memorable characters was the middle aged missionary nurse who d been living amonst isolated natives for 20 years and considered it her mission in life to help those people as much as she could, pretty mu An interesting glimpse into an East Africa of the immediate post WWII period that probably no longer exists, or has at least changed considerably I would be interested to learn from people who lived through that period what they think of the changes that have taken place since.One of the most memorable characters was the middle aged missionary nurse who d been living amonst isolated natives for 20 years and considered it her mission in life to help those people as much as she could, pretty much as Livingstone and Schweitzer must have felt There are a lot worse things one can do with one s life and I believe the locals still appreciate those who genuinely want to help and not to exploit them.I even discovered recently that Cecil Rhodes was greatly honoured and respected by the locals, contrary to the appalling racist image that modern PC ideologues would have us believe People need to study historydeeply, to appreciate its subtleties and avoid being indoctrinated by the shallow ideological PC codswallop that is being served up nowadays as faux history


  5. says:

    This is a story of safaris taken from South Africa through East Africa to Khartoum around 1958, the year of my birth and a year before I arrived in East Africa as a baby The landscapes and animal descriptions are brought out very well, and some of them still fit what it is like in those places still today While he admires many of the primitive Africans, he writes with too much prejudice towards those who he considered too civilized This fits the colonial time period in which he wrote, but This is a story of safaris taken from South Africa through East Africa to Khartoum around 1958, the year of my birth and a year before I arrived in East Africa as a baby The landscapes and animal descriptions are brought out very well, and some of them still fit what it is like in those places still today While he admires many of the primitive Africans, he writes with too much prejudice towards those who he considered too civilized This fits the colonial time period in which he wrote, but detracts from the books strengths 60 years on


  6. says:

    Seriously dated material and heavily slanted by the author s Very British perspective I only fell for this book an abridged audiobook because I have thoroughly enjoyed both of Alan Moorhead s books on the Nile White and Blue which I first heard as unabridged audio books and can no longer find.


  7. says:

    Es un apasionante libro que, si en el momento de publicarse a mediados del siglo XX ya supon a un fascinante viaje al pasado, hoy en d a a principios del siglo XXI nos traslada en el tiempo con un contraste a n mayor.Esrito en primera persona, el libro narra las aventuras los viajes del propio autor por una zona relativamente reducida fundamentalmente Etiop a, Kenia y Tanganica actual Tanzania.El contacto del autor con la naturaleza salvaje e inexplorada y sus detalladas descripciones co Es un apasionante libro que, si en el momento de publicarse a mediados del siglo XX ya supon a un fascinante viaje al pasado, hoy en d a a principios del siglo XXI nos traslada en el tiempo con un contraste a n mayor.Esrito en primera persona, el libro narra las aventuras los viajes del propio autor por una zona relativamente reducida fundamentalmente Etiop a, Kenia y Tanganica actual Tanzania.El contacto del autor con la naturaleza salvaje e inexplorada y sus detalladas descripciones convierten el libro en pr cticamente un documental de naturaleza


  8. says:

    Although written 50 years ago, it is quite readable today and shows how much Africa has changed and has not changed since Moorehead traveled around Begins in South Africa and spends most of its time in East Africa ending in the Sudan


  9. says:

    Alan Moorehead is one of the great prose stylists Beautiful writing that s never flashy or obtrusive, and seasoned with fine psychological observation Here he gives us typically incisive descriptions of the landscape and animals, and his reactions to these.


  10. says:

    great for it s day, read it while in Kenya great for it s day, read it while in Kenya


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