If you like romance novels or even works set around an historical figure with words and thoughts manufactured by a modern-day author, then perhaps you will enjoy this work. It is made up (and I do mean "made up") of paragraph after paragraph of ramblings, musings, and thoughts purportedly by the heroine, Florence Baker. What blarney! For anyone who is looking for a good biography of Florence Baker, this is a major disappointment. The author gives a meek apology/warning in her "author's note" that this is not a standard biography and that Florence Baker's life is scantily documented yet then launches into what becomes a work of fiction posing as historical fact through the mind and thoughts of the heroine. The excuse, of course is that this is what Florence and the other characters would have been thinking at the time. Pure speculation, of course, tho with the excuse of "I have done all of this research and therefore know what she would have thought."
If you wish to learn more about the search for the source of the Nile river and the personages involved a good place to start would be with an older classic, "The White Nile" by Alan Moorehead or the newer "Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure" by Tim Jeal. If, however, you like pseudo-analytical fiction wrapped around a real historical personage reminiscent of the dime novels of the 19th century, then you might enjoy this book. For those looking for a good bio of Florence Baker this is definitely not for you. Just a warning.
To the Heart of the Nile: Lady Florence Baker and the Exploration of Central Africa Hardcover – 1 February 2004
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- Language : English
- Hardcover : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060505559
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060505554
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What a movie this story would make!18 January 2006 - Published on Amazon.com
This is simply an amazing tale of an incredible womans life. Lady Baker led an extraordinary life of adventure and danger with the man she loved.Her travels and adventures in Africa were quite unusual for a women of her time.You have to root for her as it appears that her past will be exposed in victorian England and ruin her happiness. Hollywood should get a hold of this. It would make a spectacular adventure story. A great read.Right up there with Osa Johnsons early 1900's adventures.
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I see a lot of negative comments about this book,but personally,I LOVED it. I must have said "OMG" a million times as I read it the first time. This is worthy of a movie...and it's all true!! I have told so many people about this book.You will not be disappointed!!
Print too small for my eyes5 September 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
So I had to order it on Kindle. The book is printed in very small fonts. Just a warning for anyone with vision issues. Otherwise, it looks like a good read and the problem can be solved by reading it on a Kindle.
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