From a starting point in Gibralter, Michael makes his way to Morocco, then over the Atlas Mountains to the little-known countries of Mauritania, Mali, and Chad. He travels on the longest train in the world, meets with the Paris-Dakar Rally in the middle of nowhere, and sees the world's largest mud mosque before arriving in Timbuktu.
Then it's a journey with nomadic herders and a camel caravan, to Algeria and a recently re-opened Libya. Finally, Michael returns to the classical remains of Tunisia, where Life of Brian was filmed and he was crucified.
The mysterious, barren desert is revealed to be a place full of people, landscapes, and stories, a vibrant land with a history of civilisation, trade, and conquest stretching from the ancient Egyptians to the oil-rich Islamic republics of today.
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"Engaging, detailed insight to the Sahara." (Publishers Weekly)
"With considerable charm, humor, descriptive power, and informative sidebars, Palin provides a lively picture of the people and places he encounters." (AudioFile)
As always Michael Palin entertains. My boring flight sped by when I was listening to this. Brilliantly written and narrated. I can't recommend Michael Palin's books highly enough.
Like the journey through the Saraha he describes, this audiobook is occasionally funny and rarely interesting. Most of it is more like a dull camel ride, an old Michel Palin complaining quite a lot about the aches he experienced during his trip.
Alhough I'm generally charmed by Palin and rarely disappointed by the audible titles I have bought, this is not one to recommend.
"Palin going through the motions"
If you enjoy Palin and you need some light bedside noise this is fine. Not claiming to be anything more than a diary travelogue the book delivers mild humour and a slow trot through the journey. Touching on colonial histories and trying to describe the cultural diversity Palin has obviously researched this title well.
There are better Palin books out there ( Hemingway ) and Himalaya is a better journey book by Palin. If you have a 4 hour plane ride ahead of you then you could do worse than download this book.
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