By Charles Miller
In 1895, George Whitehouse arrived on the east African put up of Mombasa to accomplish an engineering miracle: the construction of the Mombasa-Nairobi-Lake Victoria Railway – a 600-mile direction that used to be principally unmapped and infrequently explored. in the back of Mombasa lay a scorched, waterless desolate tract. past, a horizonless scrub nation climbed towards a jagged volcanic sector bisected through the good Rift Valley. 100 miles of sponge-like quagmire marked the railway's final lap. the complete correct of manner bristled with adversarial tribes, teemed with lions and breathed malaria.
What was once the aim of this 'giant folly' and whom would it not gain? was once it to use the rumoured wealth of little-known primary African kingdoms? used to be it to smash the slave alternate? To motivate trade and cost?
THE LUNATIC convey explores the development of this nice railway in an past Africa of slave and ivory empires, of tribal monarchs and the tremendous lands that they governed. in particular, it's the tale of the white intruders whose mixture of avarice, honour and tenacious braveness made them a breed aside.