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No Room in the Ark

reviewed by Jean Jordaan - 1960

coverTitle: No Room in the Ark
Author(s): A. Moorehead
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Those who are interested in African wildlife will enjoy this book. It teems with the life of the veld, from the lowly mongooses who vanish into their holes in the ant-hills "posting themselves like letters in a pillar box" to the aristocratic giraffes who "have a slightly affronted air when they are disturbed" and "somehow contrive to make you feel as though you have just said something in particularly bad taste." Over the years camera crews have worn a path between the Cape and Cairo, and the once Dark Continent has capitulated, in a way which the writer of travel books must find somewhat disheartening, to modern color film. Films like "The African Lion" and "King Solomon's Mines" have robbed books like Mr. Moorehead's of much of their novelty. The fact that his book has enjoyed several re-printings therefore says much for Mr. Moorehead's skill as a writer. One can only hope... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 62 Number 3, 1960, p. 260-260
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3307, Date Accessed: 9/19/2020 7:00:33 PM

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