Congo Journey, Paperback Book

Congo Journey Paperback

Part of the Penguin Celebrations series

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Combining the acute observation of a nineteenth-century missionary, and the wit of a Monty Python player, Redmond O'Hanlon is famous for his adventurous travel.

His new challenge is the Congo, the most dangerous and inhospitable jungle in the world.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages, 16pp photographs
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780140121391

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Folks raved about how funny this author can be, but I guess I don't "get" his sense of humor. The first 2/3 is the story of his travels with an American colleague; the author himself more in the role of narrator. Said colleague has returned home by the final section, leaving an anti-climax featuring O'Hanlon's ramblings and the natives' squabbling. I might read another by him, but not soon, and would recommend not starting with this book as I did.

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I read this some time ago, but recall liking it so well I went on to read several other travel books by O'Hanlon. He has a wonderfully humorous way of presenting his journeys. While much of the book was undoubtedly based on fact and reality, I suspect he may have stretched the truth a bit to create a better story. A good, light read for those who enjoy world travel and/or Africa.