Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea

Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea

by Eric Hansen

Paperback(1st Vintage departures ed)

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Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea by Eric Hansen

In 1978 Eric Hansen found himself shipwrecked on a desert island in the Red Sea. When goat smugglers offered him safe passage to Yemen, he buried seven years' worth of travel journals deep in the sand and took his place alongside the animals on a leaky boat bound for a country that he'd never planned to visit.

As he tells of the turbulent seas that stranded him on the island and of his efforts to retrieve his buried journals when he returned to Yemen ten years later, Hansen enthralls us with a portrait — uncannily sympathetic and wildly offbeat — of this forgotten corner of the Middle East. With a host of extraordinary characters from his guide, Mohammed, ever on the lookout for one more sheep to squeeze into the back seat of his car, to madcap expatriates and Eritrean gun runners- and with landscapes that include cities of dreamlike architectural splendor, endless sand dunes, and terrifying mountain passes, Hansen reveals the indelible allure of a land steeped in custom, conflicts old and new, and uncommon beauty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679738558
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1992
Series: Vintage Departures Series
Edition description: 1st Vintage departures ed
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 981,079
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Eric Hansen lives in San Francisco, but over the last twenty-five years he has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Nepal, and Southeast Asia. He is the author of Stranger in the Forest, Motoring with Mohammed, and Orchid Fever. His articles, photographs, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and Outside magazine, among other publications worldwide.

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rocksurfer More than 1 year ago
Fabulous read. Eric has amazing writing style. You enjoy and reading with savor - but actually know deep inside you are reading quality words. You high school English teachers who thought you never would make it would approve! This is excellent reading -an enjoyable romp through the forests with flora and fauna and a quizzical mind.