Angry Wind

Angry Wind

Through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat, and Camel

Book - 2005
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'Tayler penetrates one of the most isolated, forbidding regions on earth -- the Sahel. This lower expanse of the Sahara marks the southern limit of Islam"s reach on the continent. It boasts such mythologized places as Mopti and Timbuktu, as well as Africa"s poorest countries, Chad and Niger. In parts of the Sahel, hardline Sharia law rules and slaves are still traded. Racked by lethal harmattan winds, chronic civil wars, and grim Islamic fundamentalism, it is not the ideal place for a traveler with a U.S. passport. Tayler?nds genuine danger in many guises, from drunken soldiers to a thieving teenage mob. But he also encounters patience and generosity of the sort only Africans can achieve. Traveling overland by the same rickety means as the natives themselves -- tottering, overfull buses, bush taxis with holes in their?oors, disgruntled camels -- he uses his?uency in French and Arabic (the region"s lingua francas) to illuminate its roiling, enigmatic cultures and connect with its inhabitants as no other Western writer could. ' from publisher's description.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2005
ISBN: 9780618334674
061833467X
Branch Call Number: 916.6 T237a 2005
Characteristics: x, 252 pages : map ; 24 cm

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Yavin
Mar 21, 2017

An excellent book about one man's journey through the Sahel (a region just south of the Sahara in western Africa). Follow as Jeffrey Tayler travels through Chad, Nigeria, Niger, Mali and Senegal. Taking place in the winter of 2002/2003, you get to hear from the people of Africa their thoughts on Islam, Christianity, foreign aid, the war on terror, tradition vs progress and much more. One of the best best books I've read thus far on Africa, it's a relatively easy read and I at least flew through it. It didn't seem to lag and become laborious for me anywhere in the book. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Africa, foreign views of America or just plain anyone who has a desire to travel.

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lebaudroy
Dec 08, 2015

Travel the Sahel through Tayler's eyes. This writer's keen sense of observation will put you in the middle of the desert and leave you breathless before a land filled with extraordinary people and places. Hard reading at times, the Sahel is a very poor place and Tayler pulls no punches, but a travelogue of profound insight.

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