Motoring With Mohammed: Journeys To Yemen And The Red Sea by Eric HansenMotoring With Mohammed: Journeys To Yemen And The Red Sea by Eric Hansen

Motoring With Mohammed: Journeys To Yemen And The Red Sea

byEric Hansen

Paperback | February 4, 1992

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In 1978 Eric Hansen found himself shipwrecked on a desert island in the Red Sea. When goat smugglers offered him safe passage to Yemen, he buried seven years' worth of travel journals deep in the sand and took his place alongside the animals on a leaky boat bound for a country that he'd never planned to visit.

As he tells of the turbulent seas that stranded him on the island and of his efforts to retrieve his buried journals when he returned to Yemen ten years later, Hansen enthralls us with a portrait -- uncannily sympathetic and wildly offbeat -- of this forgotten corner of the Middle East. With a host of extraordinary characters from his guide, Mohammed, ever on the lookout for one more sheep to squeeze into the back seat of his car, to madcap expatriates and Eritrean gun runners- and with landscapes that include cities of dreamlike architectural splendor, endless sand dunes, and terrifying mountain passes, Hansen reveals the indelible allure of a land steeped in custom, conflicts old and new, and uncommon beauty.
Eric Hansen lives in San Francisco, but over the last twenty-five years he has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Nepal, and Southeast Asia. He is the author of Stranger in the Forest, Motoring with Mohammed, and Orchid Fever. His articles, photographs, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, National Geog...
Title:Motoring With Mohammed: Journeys To Yemen And The Red SeaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.55 inPublished:February 4, 1992Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:067973855X

ISBN - 13:9780679738558

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Riveting, inspirational and culturally educational, Hansen took me to Yemen and the red sea when I could not take time to travel myself. Beautifully written, I smelled the dust of the city and warmed my face in the early rising sun. I could not put it down
Date published: 2008-05-11

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With these beautifully evocative and brilliantly irreverent memoirs of a shipwreck on an island in the Red Sea, and the quest ten years later for the travel journals buried there, Hansen introduces a forgotten corner of the Middle East. "Mr. Hansen is a first-rate writer".--The New Yorker