Tribe: The Hidden History of the Mountains of the Moon
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2003.
`Tom Stacey has great talent.'
`As a novelist, Tom Stacey has acquired the mantle of majesty.'
`His exploration of terra incognita is brilliant, sustained and persuasive.'
New York Times
`Mr Stacey writes always with authority, intelligence, and the desperation of helpless love.'
`Find me a style as fine as this and I'll show you a good book.'
Janice Elliott, Sunday Telegraph
‘Tom Stacey triumphantly defies every literary shibboleth, unfolding an important document in the history of the end of the British empire.’
The historian Felipe Fernandez-
‘Both Norman Lewis and Wilfred Thesiger would have treasured Tribe as true travel.
It captures Banville’s essence of “elsewhere”. Everything shimmers. The writing is
limber, lyrical, muscular and compelling -
Tom Adam, naming the same work as his ‘find of the year’ in the Scotsman
‘Tribe is history, anthropology, travelogue and philosophy all brewed together to produce a wonderful story, and it has much to say to us all.’
– Ronald Mutebi, Kabaka of Buganda, in the Literary Review
‘Tribe is a thrilling adventure. The reader is lifted by Tom Stacey’s boundless commitment and sincerity.’
Mark Amory – Spectator
Tribe is the hidden history of the Mountains of the Moon, classical antiquity's name
for the Ruwenzori Mountains, a glacier-
Here the place and the race encircle a massif whose steepness and astonishing, all-
For almost fifty years Tom Stacey has been repeatedly caught up in the turbulent
history of the mountains and their people, among whom he is now a mzee -
The reader is carried from the immemorial Africa of Ruwenzori half a century ago,
when at twenty-
From Tribe's sustaining theme Tom Stacey draws a universal proposition -