Chatwin and the Hippopotamus
- 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.