Facing the Congo: A Modern-Day Journey into the Heart of Darkness

Facing the Congo: A Modern-Day Journey into the Heart of Darkness Review

Faced with an identity crisis in his work and his life, seasoned traveler and journalist Jeffrey Tayler made a bold decision. He would leave behind his mundane existence in Moscow to re-create the legendary British explorer Henry Stanley’s trip down the Congo in a dugout canoe, stocked with food, medicine, and even a gun-toting guide. But once his tiny boat pushed off the banks of this mysterious river, Tayler realized he was in a place where maps and supplies would have no bearing on his survival. As Tayler navigates this immense waterway, he encounters a land of smothering heat and intense rains, wary villagers, corrupt officials and dead-eyed soldiers demanding bribes, jungle animals, mosquitoes, and, surprisingly, breathtaking natural beauty.

Filled with honesty and rich description, Facing the Congo is a sophisticated depiction of today’s Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country brought to its knees by a succession of despotic leaders. But most mportant, Tayler’s stunning narrative is a deeply satisfying personal journey of fear and awakening, with a message that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt compelled, whether in life or in fantasy, to truly explore and experience our world.

Title:Facing the Congo: A Modern-Day Journey into the Heart of Darkness
Edition Language:English

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  • Tayler is an interesting dude—fresh off of a spell as manager of a bodyguard firm in the newly unleashed free-market-chaos of Moscow, and suddenly single after a painful breakup, he decided to test ...

  • It's funny, but I actually want to look up other things Jeffrey Tayler has written, to see if he really is as depressed as he seems to be. He planned and took this godforsaken trip (in the 1990's) to ...

  • Tayler decides to travel by pirogue down the Congo River from Kisangani to Kinshasa, but realizes that much like Henry Morton Stanley before him (the last person to complete such a journey) he has mad...

  • The book recounts the 1995 expedition of former Peace Corps worker Jeffrey Taylor who decides he needs to seek his life's purpose by traveling the Congo in a dugout canoe. I picked up this book upon t...

  • Whoa! Never saw this one coming. What an incredibly well-written book! I thought this would be a cheesy copycat of the Heart of Darkness, but this book just seeps with raw feeling and jagged descripti...

  • This is a fantastic story of a bored author looking for meaning in his life (and something to do with it). He decides he's going to ride the length of the Congo to the mouth of the Atlantic. It's such...

  • I could not put this book down. I love Africa, but this is a journey I will never take. Being an armchair traveler is ok sometimes. The River Congo was and still is one of the last "outposts" in the w...

  • I liked this book not because it gives great insight into the Congo (which it doesn't), I liked it for the naivety of its author, like a little boy looking at a map, studying then borders and rivers a...

  • Facing an existential dilemma and dissatisfied with his western lifestyle, Tayler attempts to paddle close to 1,800 km down Africa’s second longest river, the Congo.Tayler’s journey and story, div...

  • Jeffrey Tayler was very brave travelling to Zaire. It's not a journey I would have made....