CAIRO TO CAPE TOWN by Reginald Reynolds

CAIRO TO CAPE TOWN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Reginald Reynold's self-conducted tour through Africa was made with purpose and dedication. Seeking the positive, he faced the negative as well as he made his way from Cairo to Cape Town. In his journey he spoke to and saw many people, the so- called important and unimportant, and he gives us what he learned from them. He devotes a good deal of space to the progress of Egypt under Naguib but also visits the ""Gaza Strip"" where Arab refugees from Palestine live with hungry hearts -- he notes Naguib as improviser rather than planner. He talks to Mahgoub in Sudan, enjoys the fabulous land of Uganda, faces the brutal picture in Kenya, traverses Tanganyika, the Northern and Southern Rhodesias, the Union of South Africa. He notes the changing atmosphere in relation of European to native as he travels southward; comments always on the projects of government, mission, individual that tend toward progress; points out that the educated Africans want European education for ""the white man's Ju-Ju"" rather than to suit their needs and show the tendency to forsake the villages they might have served. But in the end he feels ""Alles sal reg kom"". The author of A Quest for Gandhi has a particularly good eye for the projects and for the state of the Indians in Africa and the effect of nonviolent resistance. His book is a personal account necessarily incomplete in the picture it gives but adding to the store of knowledge about Africa.

Publisher: Doubleday