Reviews by Hans Halberstadt

The Land of Footprints

by Stewart Edward White

Stewart Edward White was, in his time, a very popular writer of fiction and non-fiction. Although known more today for his odd metaphysical books written toward the end of his life, his earlier works remain delicious reading. White's style, especially in the non-fiction works, and even more so in works that deal with hunting and the outdoors, is casual, comfortable, conversational.

LAND OF FOOTPRINTS is one of White's several African safari books and describes several months in the bush. Although I have read his books for years, this was the first on my new Kindle and the first of his hunting books. I'm not a trophy hunter and this is a book about trophy hunting, but it was charming even so. His description of how he and his wife Billy and a couple of other white guys got along with fifty or so Africans is fascinating.

This is a great book for anybody who likes to hunt or who contimplates a trip to Africa for any kind of wilderness experience. It's also interesting for the discussion of white/black relations on safari one-hundred years ago.

Although not currently available on ManyBooks, I highly recommend THE CABIN and CAMP AND TRAIL to any reader who wants to know more about the origins of popular wilderness recreation.

Reviewed on 2009.12.29

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