Riding the Demon
On the Road in West AfricaBook - 1999
"Niger has no railroads or domestic airlines - its roads are its lifeline. For a year, Peter Chilson traveled this desert country by automobile, detouring occasionally into Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Ivory Coast, in order to tell the story of West African road culture."--BOOK JACKET. "The road in Africa, says Chilson, is more than a direction or a path to take. Once you've booked passage and taken your seat, the road becomes the center of your life. Hurtling along at 80 miles an hour in a bush taxi equipped with bald tires, no windows, and sometimes no doors, travelers realize that they've surrendered everything. The road is about blood and fear, and the ecstasy of arrival. On African roads, car wrecks are as common as mile markers, and the wreckage can stand in monument for months or years: a minibus upended against a tree, as if attempting escape; a charred truck overturned in a ditch."--BOOK JACKET. "Chilson uses the road not to reinforce the worn image of Africa's decay but to reveal how people endure political and economic chaos, poverty, and disease."--Jacket.
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©1999
Branch Call Number: 916.6 C538r 1999
Characteristics: xvi, 195 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm