This book is about Roald Dahl journey to Africa as a worker for Shell and him joining the war and serving as a pilot. It starts off in 1938, he is a worker for shell and he's sailing on a ship called SS Mantola to Africa. On the way he sees some strange, funny things going on. When he gets to Dar es Salaam, the city they're going to, he thinks that it's a very nice looking place. There was a lot of wildlife there, he saw many elephants, hippos, zebras, and antelopes there. The only animal he didn't like was snakes, he hated them a lot, especially the black mamba, one bite from one of those snakes and you will die. One time he was shaving in the bathroom, and he looked out the window and saw his shamba-boy, Salimu raking, and then he saw a black mamba coming right at him, and if he hadn't warned him about the snake behind him, he wouldn't been bitten and died. When he was in the military serving as a pilot, his airplane crashed once and he suffered injuries that would affect him for the rest of his life.
This book has many adventures from his journey, it is a very interesting book and I would recommend this book to anyone looking or a good non-fiction book to read.