Out of Darkness, Shining Light

Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Gappah is a marvel. The novel is a “faithful account of the final years and earthly days of Dr. David Livingstone…” Narrated by two of the attendants on his final 1500 mile journey from the interior to the Western coast of Africa, it is both the story of his obsession with finding the source of the Nile and a telling of pre-colonial Africa’s story. It is heartbreaking, sometimes funny, and beautifully written about unforgettable characters. Highly recommended.