Somewhere over the Rainbow - Travels in South Africa

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Travels in South Africa.
In Somewhere Over The Rainbow foreign correspondent Gavin Bell returns to the country whose last days of apartheid he reported on, to learn what became of the 'Rainbow Nation' and discover a country full of haunting beauty and surprises, but one at odds with itself.

Near the southern tip of Africa, there is a mountain that does a conjuring trick with the biggest tablecloth on earth. In a sacred forest near the Limpopo river, there is a bird that flies on wings of thunder, flashing lightning from its eyes and bearing rain in its beak. In between, there is a hauntingly beautiful land and millions of confused people. When Archbishop Desmond Tutu dubbed his native South Africa the 'Rainbow Nation', he conjured a vision of ethnic diversity and harmony in a country with eleven official languages, two national anthems, and a parliament that shuttled between two cities. As a foreign correspondent reporting on the last days of apartheid, Gavin Bell thought it was a brave image and wondered how long it would endure. A few years later, he returned to find out what had happened to Tutu's rainbow. In his travels he found a country at odds with itself, swinging between hope and despair, buoyed by a sense of freedom and haunted by a fear of violent crime.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow is not only a fine travel book by an award-winning writer, it is a compelling portrait of a country in search of an identity. The leopard stories are good too.
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Weight 0.223000
Author Gavin Bell
Availability IP
Department Travel Writing
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780349112619
Pages 320
Published 01/02/2001
Publisher Little Brown and Company
Section Travel Writing: General
Size Unfolded 13x20cm
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