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ISBN: 0451175832
Author: Bartle Bull
Language: English
Publisher: Signet (May 1, 1993)
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.2
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Bull ventures into historical fiction with his second book, although the subject matter is the same as his earlier nonfiction work, Safari (Viking, 1988)

Bull ventures into historical fiction with his second book, although the subject matter is the same as his earlier nonfiction work, Safari (Viking, 1988). In addition to providing an interesting look at the nature of life in Kenya at the end of World War I, Bull's novel is a steamy adventure filled with lust, villains, heroes, and antiheroes.

I recently have blown through a quartet of novels by a writer with the unlikely name of Bartle Bull (he's said to be a former publisher of the Village Voice).

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. I recently have blown through a quartet of novels by a writer with the unlikely name of Bartle Bull (he's said to be a former publisher of the Village Voice). The politically incorrect but somewhat historically accurate novels set mostly in Africa in the 1918-1943 timeline are quite a delight, assuming one goes for African Adventure and I do, boy howdy.

White Rhino Hotel Audiobook Bartle Bull

White Rhino Hotel Audiobook Bartle Bull. The Great War has ended, tragically for many; but for some more fortunate, East Africa holds the prospect of vast estates, fabulous wealth, and limitless opportunity in this powerful, grandly crafted novel of the natural and human perils that await pioneers in a promised land. PIt is in colonial Kenya, at Lord Penfold's White Rhino Hotel, that the paths of these new. settlers cross. Here they meet the cunning dwarf Olivio Alevado, a man whose lustful desires and vengeful schemes make him a formidable adversary to his enemies and a subtle ally to his friends.

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Bull's nonfiction Safari (1988) covered some of the same geography

Bull's nonfiction Safari (1988) covered some of the same geography. Having sold the bulk of his British estate and mismanaged his plantation ventures, Adam Penfold finds that his fortune has dwindled to the White Rhino, a hotel in the Kenyan highlands. First fiction, set at the end of WW I, in which a frontier Kenyan hotel provides rest, shelter, and large drinks to a fugitive Gypsy, wounded Tommies, murderous Irishmen, scheming Portuguese colonials, displaced Germans, an American cowboy, and a pretty Welsh woman. Bull's nonfiction Safari (1988) covered some of the same geography.

The White Rhino Hotel is the prequel to the famous Café on the Nile and does a nice job of explaining the origins of the main characters, Anton Rider, the gypsy boy out for adventure in British Africa, Gwen Llewellyn, his wife to b. .

The White Rhino Hotel is the prequel to the famous Café on the Nile and does a nice job of explaining the origins of the main characters, Anton Rider, the gypsy boy out for adventure in British Africa, Gwen Llewellyn, his wife to be, Ernst von Decken, a true German, who is as straight and honest as any man can be but cannot.

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The White Rhino Hotel is a sweeping saga of love and revenge, of greed and loyalty, of pio-neers struggling for a new life amidst the beauty and wildness of the African bush in the years immediately after World War I. Desperate to win estates of virgin land, thousands of World War I veterans draw lots, with the winners and their families sailing. for Kenya, not knowing what they will find.

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Among the settlers welcomed into East Africa's White Rhino hotel are world-weary aristocrat Adam Penfold, scheming dwarf barman Olivio Alavedo, a resourceful English hunter, a stunning Welshwoman, a pair of Irishmen, and others. Reprint.

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Monn
A sweeping epic reminiscent of Hemingway, Steinbeck and Kipling. But, none of these...a unique voice that will touch you deeply if Africa touches you.

The setup for the legion of characters and the landscape of Africa took about 100 pages. By then I was hooked by the richly developed people that fill Bull's story. The writing is pure prose.

"Remember these stories, Tlaga. My people live inside them. When a tale is told, everyone who ever heard that story is alive again...."

"An alphabet makes the words that keep a people together...."

The story is dusty, hot, dangerous and violent. But so is Africa. Just when the new settlers think they've domesticated the continent, warrior ants and floods storm through. Bull's characters populate Africa but never effect it, much less conquer it. Olivio, the grotesque dwarf. The reader can't help themselves, they love and hate him at the same time. The star-crossed lovers, Anton and Gwenn. Hugo von Decken and his son, Ernst. German pioneers homesteading their piece of Africa. The list goes on and on.

The story begins in (literally) the last days of World War I as a German unit traverses the plains of Africa, toting along their prisoners of war, some severely wounded. I don't write spoilers so that's about all I will tell of the story. I adore fiction that teaches me history. I had no idea of a Soldiers Lottery for land in West Africa after the world war ended. Whereby soldiers who fought in Africa could enter a lottery and homestead land that belonged only to the African native.

This is their story. But it's also Africa's story; how it was fought over and then the land was passed out as booty after the war. Given away even though none of it belonged to any white man.
I highly recommend this book. Take your time, savor each word, taste the air of Africa. That's what I did!
TheMoonix
I recently have blown through a quartet of novels by a writer with the unlikely name of Bartle Bull (he's said to be a former publisher of the Village Voice). The politically incorrect but somewhat historically accurate novels set mostly in Africa in the 1918-1943 timeline are quite a delight, assuming one goes for African Adventure and I do, boy howdy. These novels are fun, intriguing and semi informative. And, they're about AFRICA.

For those largely ignorant (as was I) of the Italian invasion of Abysinia (aka Ethiopia) in the mid-Thirties, Cafe on the Nile is especially interesting.

The White Rhino Hotel

A Cafe on the Nile

The Devil's Oasis

Shanghai Station. OK, so it's not Africa; it's Shanghai. Sue me, do.

Finest kind of light reading, perfect for escapist holidays, beach reading, flight numbing and generally out-of-the-loop fare. To be enjoyed.
greed style
As a former Special Forces trooper and avid outdoorsman, I can't say enough good things about "White Rhino Hotel" except, WHERE IS THE MOVIE?????? This would be one hell of a Blockbuster if given the talent and mojo it deserves. I loved "Out of Africa" but continually thought, why they forgot the better story!
I look for this book at flea markets and hand them out to friends with enjoyment for the ADVENTURE I am bestowing. I would also add that anyone with a love of hunting should read Mr Bull's SAFARI. A true history of the art of African hunting adventures.
Fararala
The author has captured the time period in this sometimes rousing and gripping adventure tale. The book is peopled with some mighty odd characters, some ruthless and cunning, others heroic and tough. Some of the scenes are downright incredible as the characters try to carve out a new life in the danger-filled Kenyian jungles and fields. Colorful local flavor, some good old fashioned fist-fights, daring-do, narrow escapes and the tasty flavor of revenge as all the interwoven tales come together. The star of this book is the mis-shapen dwarf who plans, simmers and befriends his way through the various characters. The first in a series of three novels with over-lapping characters, some of whom perish in the process.

Check it out.
Jerdodov
I loved this book and have now purchased all three. Great story of the beginning of the colonies.
Āłł_Ÿøūrš
Great adventure novel, although the plot becomes a bit too predictable.
Conjukus
A good adventure story about an interesting period in British Colonial Africa.
Good historical novel - kept attention throughout. Interesting twist on colonisation of Kenya and larger than life characters.

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