The Last Savanna

The Last SavannaThe Last Savanna by Mike Bond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mike Bond's The Last Savanna is a survival story at several levels, from the survival of predator and prey in the African bush, to the survival of men and women in the unforgiving landscape, the survival of human-hunted and the human-prey, and the survival of the continent itself as the land is stripped of its wildlife. I didn't really know what to expect of this novel, but I was pleasantly surprised. It is much more literary than your typical adventure novel. The characters are all too human, and the struggles they face are as much within themselves as outside themselves. In particular, I was impressed with Bond's ability to depict how, under the stress of thirst, exhaustion, and emotion, the mind can begin to deteriorate. I was also impressed with Bond's ability to clearly show the differences in values and culture and thinking between the indigenous people of Africa and the whites. I would recommend this novel to anyone.

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