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321. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

sounds really good. I have just returned from Mauritania and Senegal and trying to find decent books on those places but its hard

322. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

He goes to Senegal too I think, but I haven't got to that bit yet.

323. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

when you've finished it do you mind just pinging me a quick review - sounds interesting

324. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

Sure - will do :)

325. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

cheers :)

326. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

Quoting joey22

when you've finished it do you mind just pinging me a quick review - sounds interesting

Finished The Lost Kingdoms of Africa: Through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat, and Camel by Jeffery Tayler. He travels from Northern Chad to Senegal and it's fascinating to read about these lesser - travelled places that he goes to and the difficulties he encounters in situations which would be straightforward in other countries, such as crossing borders. He is shocked by the grinding poverty he witnesses and reflects on what the future holds for these countries. He meets many interesting characters who he describes well, and he talks to several people about the effects of 9/11, terrorism, their opinions of Bush etc. He also does a really good job of bringing the places alive with his descriptions. I would definitely recommend it - it's readable and interesting but although I enjoyed it I thought his book about the Congo was better.

327. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

SOUNDS COOL - WILL LOOK IT UP, CHEERS

JOEY

328. Posted by tleb (Full Member 117 posts) 7y

The book "Aztec" by Gary Jennings

Blurb here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aztec_(book)

Blurb doesn't do it justice though. That is the only book I have had to stop reading for a while be cause it affected me so much. The last tiem that happened I was 13 and had to stop reading "The Stand" by Steve King. It affected me in a very different way though.

Best one word description I can give it: Poignant.

I come accross it semi-regularly in Canadian used book stores.

329. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 7y

The Great Railway Bazaar by Train through Asia by Paul Theroux
I bought this in the airport on the way back from my last trip. It is a reprint of the book published 30 years ago. I really enjoyed this one, not only because of Theroux's insight, witty comments, and attention to detail, but because the world has changed so significantly since it was written. He travels from Victoria Station in the UK across europe to Turkey, down through Iran, then busses/flies across Afghanistan and picks up the train again Pakistan, around the subcontient, flies to Thailand, trains it through SE Asia including Vietnam shortly after the US pullout. Then its through Japan and finishes with the trans-Siberian Expressway. This book was rereleased b/c he retraced his journey and wrote another book, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, about it! One that I'll probably be reading the near future!

330. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

I would recommend The Old Patagonian Express - that was the first of Paul Theroux's books that I read and really enjoyed it. I'd be interested to hear about what his new one is like.

I've got Dark Star Safari on my bookshelf at home and haven't read it yet.