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Sahara

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19.02.2004 (25.02.2004)

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Well written, great photographs

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Written by the ex-Python, this book is the story of his journey through the surprisingly varied and liitle known countries that surround the well known Sahara Desert.

Based on the TV series of the same name this book takes us through such countries as Libya, Mali and Mauretania. It also encapsulates the spirit of the early explorer as Palin reads from Mungo Park as he sails along the mysterious Niger.

He visits Timbuktu and revels in the colonial splendour of this mysterious region. Highlights include an encounter with an musket wielding hunter, which almost ends Palin's journey, and a visit to a town where the buildings are made almost entirely out of mud.

This wonderful book explores a region of the world that very few people ever consider visiting. Palin is, as usual, an enthusiastic and funny guide. The photographs by Basil Pao encapsulate the wonders of this untouched region.

A must read for anyone who didn't see the TV programme, or is planning a visit to the region. The book is available in paperback for about £7.99 and in hardback for about £16, you can get them at most major bookshops and online.

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jesi 20.05.2004 16:51

I think the Sahara would be too hot for me - I sunburn too easily. ≈≈≈≈{; -)-{{:::::|||||<

PJE_ 20.02.2004 04:23

Lovely first review - welcome to Ciao!

jillmurphy 19.02.2004 15:07

I bought this for my brother for Christmas and um... read most of it first! Loved the TV series. Welcome to Ciao, I hope you enjoy it around here. And btw - I think theawahaid was suggesting you included that info in your review. :)

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Continent Africa
Author Michael Palin
Title Sahara
Subgenre Region Travel Guide
Genre Travel
Type Non-Fiction
ISBN 0297843036; 0312305419; 0312305435; 0316697699; 075381739X
Region Sahara

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