Chatwin and the Hippopotamus

Colin Thubron

  • What am I doing here by Bruce Chatwin
    Cape, 367 pp, £12.95, May 1989, ISBN 0 224 02634 8

It is hard to read this book dispassionately. Its gathering of stories, portraits, travelogues and fragments embodies such a rush and depth of enthusiasm – the stuff of many lives lived in a single too-short one – that the reader grows haunted by regret for everything Bruce Chatwin would have written had he not died so early.

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