Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Travels in South Africa

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Little, Brown, 2000 - 304 pages
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.
 

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A British journalist who covered South Africa during the apartheid era revisits the country as a tourist and suggests that, while crime and corruption are hurting the new nation, its "exuberant ... Read full review

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Contents

Cape flats townships and Table Mountain
71
AskhamVan ZylsrusHotazelKurumanUpington
84
KimberleyMagersfonteinModderrivierOrania
98
Rustlers ValleyPhuthaditjhabaJohannesburg
126
Johannesburg
136
Soweto
148
PretoriaSun City
161
Groot MaricoZeerustMarico bushveldMafeking
169
TzaneenGa ModjadjiThohoyandouLake Fundudzi
184
Kruger National Park
203
BabanangoShakaland
217
Albert
262
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After working in a number of countries for Reuters and THE TIMES, Gavin Bell won the 1995 Thomas Cook Travel Award for IN SEARCH OF TUSITALA. He lives in his native Scotland and works as a journalist.

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