Miles tells his story with humor, offering detailed descriptions of life and customs in these African villages. . . . His introductions to characters like Faralu the horse groom, Jagga the town crier, and Alhaji Mallam Harouna the scholar are lovingly given, and the descriptions of Mallam Beel/Mista Bello's reception in his sometime hometowns will almost make readers want to journey to remote Africa.