My Heart Is Africa

My Heart Is Africa

A Flying Adventure

Book - 2006
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Perseus Publishing
In 1996, Scott Griffin left his comfortable business career to work for the Flying Doctors Service, an organization that flies doctors and aid workers to remote regions throughout Africa. He tells the story of his two-year odyssey here, from his harrowing solo flight over the Atlantic in a single-engine Cessna to his experiences on the ground, including getting arrested, crashing, and re-crashing his plane. Vividly portraying Africa’s beauty and humanity, this engaging account leads readers through deserts, mountains, and jungles, taking them into the lives of the eccentric characters Griffin meets along the way.

Publisher: [United States] : Anansi ; Berkeley, CA : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2006
ISBN: 9780887847486
Characteristics: [xvi], 270 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 23 cm


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Sep 15, 2007

I am finding myself quite ambivalent about this read. Definitely enjoyable and well-written. The author is very obviously a wonderful and charming individual. Margaret Atwood refers to him as one of the great romantics, and after all - he purchased House of Anansi Press, so he's very definitely "one of our own." I think I'm having some gender-bias thing going on here, because I didn't enjoy this book nearly so much as I have enjoyed similar memoirs written by women such as Isak Dinesen or Beryl Markham. Nevertheless, this was a life-changing experience for Mr. Griffin and he shares it very generously with us.


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