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*****= An all-time favorite
= Above average
= Good, with reservations
by Michael Palin
photographs by Basil Pao
Reviewed January 10, 2005.
Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martin’s Press), New York, 2003.
First published in the United Kingdom in 2002. 256 pages.
Here’s a travel story with wonderfully detailed photographs of every
step of the journey. Michael Palin produced a television series about
a trip through and around the Sahara, and while he was at it, he wrote this
book. He had a complete staff of cameramen for the series, and he included
a photographer as well.
My rule of thumb for travel is that if a place is hot, I don’t particularly
want to go there. I don’t know much about Africa, and I’ve never been
terribly interested in visiting, but this book piqued my curiosity about
this amazing continent.
I admit that I still don’t want to go there, but Michael Palin’s story
of his travels has helped me know and understand much more about the land
and people of the Sahara. The photographs on almost every page have
helped me visualize his journey in much more detail than words alone could
I read the book simply because I like a good travel story. I recommend
it even more highly to anyone planning to travel in northwestern Africa,
but also to anyone who wants to understand that part of the world a little
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