Angry Wind: Through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat, and Camel

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005 - Travel - 252 pages
Hailed by Bill Bryson and the New York Times Book Review as a rising star among travel writers, Jeffrey Tayler penetrates one of the most isolated, forbidding regions on earth--the Sahel. This lower expanse of the Sahara, which marks the southern limit of Islam's reach in West and Central Africa, boasts such mythologized places as Mopti and Timbuktu, as well as Africa's poorest countries, Chad and Niger. In parts of the Sahel, hard-line 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 finds genuine danger in many guises, from drunken soldiers to a thieving teenage mob. But he also encounters patience and generosity of a sort found only in Africa.
Traveling overland by the same rickety means used by the local people--tottering, overfilled buses, bush taxis with holes in the floor, disgruntled camels--he uses his fluency in French and Arabic (the region's lingua francas) to connect with them. Tayler is able to illuminate the roiling, enigmatic cultures of the Sahel as no other Western writer could.
 

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ANGRY WIND: Through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat, and Camel

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An often scintillating if sometimes sluggish tour of the western Sahel, that narrow coast of dry land between the Central African rainforest and the oceanic Sahara.Much of that country is ethnically ... Read full review

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This is a trip I would only have taken by book. Tayler travels to the sub-Sahara region of Africa, an area I knew little about. During his travels, he meets ignorance and tradition head on. Poverty ... Read full review

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Contents

The Challenge of the Sahel
1
Mahamat of NDjamena
10
PariVente
23
The Piste to Wadai
30
Abéché
46
Desert of Daggers
61
The Guns of Faya Largeau
76
The Sultan of Kanem
96
Torture in Zinder
152
Fetters of Bronze in Ayorou
169
Gao
177
Sailing the Niger to Timbuktu
190
Dance of the Desert
203
Djennés Bitter Winds
216
Death in the Sun
231
Misére
236

Nigeria Agonistes
105
Fear and Faith in Maiduguri
117
Return to Kano
133
The Mujahid of Sokoto
143
The Coast of Slaves
242
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
251
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JEFFREY TAYLER is a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly and a contributor to Condé Nast Traveler, Harper's Magazine, and National Geographic. He is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including Facing the Congo, Angry Wind, and River of No Reprieve.

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