Sahara Unveiled: A Journey Across the Desertby William Langewiesche
William Langewiesche crossed the Sahara from Algiers to Dakar, determined to see it as its inhabitants do, braving its natural and human dangers and depending on its sparse sustenance and
The world's vastest and most forbidding desert is revealed in all its cruelty and wonder in this masterpiece of contemporary travel writing by the author of Cutting for Sign.
William Langewiesche crossed the Sahara from Algiers to Dakar, determined to see it as its inhabitants do, braving its natural and human dangers and depending on its sparse sustenance and suspect charity. He was feted by a devout Muslim architect, nearly murdered by a narcissistic arms smuggler, and introduced to merchants, market women, and fixers. He observes the world he traveled through with such acuity and eloquence that Sahara Unveiled hats been compared with the works of Bruce Chatwin, Wilfred Thesiger, and Paul Theroux.
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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- 5.81(w) x 8.55(h) x 1.05(d)
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Uh......l'll be at camp.
*wakes up and walks out*
So far I've read and reread this book several times. I don't want to travel the Sahara, I'd rather have someone else do it and tell me about it. If I were to do a trip it would certainly be on the order of this one. Mr. Langwiesche is a gifted and accomplished writer skillfully relating his travel experience to places few will ever see. I can't imagine anyone that likes adventure travel not liking this book.
Have you ever wanted to escape from the daily routine of the world? Ever wished to travel to a remote destination with nothing but a backpack and na adventurous spirit to rely on? Is your answer is yes, then you can probably quench that craving ¿ even if only vicariously ¿ by reading William Langewiesche¿s `Sahara Unveiled¿. What starts off as just another travel book quickly speeds up in the middle chapters to become a wonderful work of non-fiction, narrowly bordering on religion, history, philosophy, politics, and anthropology as the author paints a harrowingly realistic picture of his journey across the desert. If on the one hand the book lacks warmth (as ludicrous as that may sound it being a narrative on the Sahara), and the author¿s attitude reveals a tinge of cold impersonality, one must also admit that that very attitude allows the reader to see the adventure from a first-person perspective. The descriptions are colourful and the writer has what appears to be an innate talent for defining the characters, for their essences and spirits can be clearly distinguished throughout. The chapters follow Langewiesche¿s route from Algiers to Dakar, stopping at dozens of towns, villages, oases and settlements that dot the vast seas of gravel and sand. Definitely ranking among the best travel books ever written, `Sahara Unveiled ¿ A Journey Across The Desert¿ is a worthwhile read, coming as something of a shock to all those who picture the Sahara as just one vast, lifeless expanse.