To Timbuktu for a Haircut: A Journey Through West Africa by Rick AntonsonTo Timbuktu for a Haircut: A Journey Through West Africa by Rick Antonson

To Timbuktu for a Haircut: A Journey Through West Africa

byRick Antonson

Paperback | July 1, 2013

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Timbuktu: the African city known to legend as a land of scholars, splendor and mystery, a golden age in the Sahara Desert. But to many it is a vaguely recognizable name – a flippant tag for “the most remote place on earth.” With this fabled city as his goal, author Rick Antonson began a month-long trek. His initial plan? To get a haircut.

Aided by an adventuresome spirit, Rick endures a forty-five hour train ride, a swindling travel agent, “Third World, three-lane” roads, rivers, and a flat deck ferry boat before finally reaching Timbuktu. Rick narrates the history of this elusive destination through the teachings of his Malian guide Zak, and encounters with stranded tourists, a camel owner, a riverboat captain, and the people who call Timbuktu home.

Antonson’s eloquence and quiet wit highlight the city’s myths—the centuries old capital and traveler’s dream—as well as its realities: A city gripped by poverty, where historic treasures lie close to the sands of destruction. Indeed, some 700,000 ancient manuscripts remain there, endangered. Both a travelogue and a history of a place long forgotten, To Timbuktu for a Haircut emerges as a plea to preserve the past and open cultural dialogues on a global scale.

The second edition of this important book outlines the volatile political situations in Timbuktu following the spring 2012 military coup in Mali and the subsequent capture of the city by Islamic extremists. Literally, it is a race against time to save the city’s irreplaceable artifacts, mosques, and monuments, and to understand why Timbuktu’s past is essential to the future of Africa.
Rick Antonson is the president and CEO of Tourism Vancouver, and past chair of the board for Destination Marketing Association International, based in Washington, D.C. Rick is the author of the widely acclaimed To Timbuktu for a Haircut: A Journey Through West Africa, coauthor of Slumach's Gold: In Search of a Legend, and The Fraser Va...
Title:To Timbuktu for a Haircut: A Journey Through West AfricaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 6 inPublished:July 1, 2013Publisher:Skyhorse Publishing Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1620875675

ISBN - 13:9781620875674

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from excellent read for 2/3rds The author reaches Timbuktu too early and the last third of the book is post-Timbuktu and sort of loses steam. Even so this is a very well-done travel essay book...and the guy's from my hometown Vancouver.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring story, well told I loved reading about the author's adventures in Timbuktu. He is lucky to have the combination of courage to travel to exotic places and the writing skills to chronicle the adventure. Looking forward to his next book!
Date published: 2008-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Journey!! Rick Antonson has a fabulous way of writing, you feel like you are right beside him on this most amazing journey. This was by far my most favourite summer read. So funny, so interesting and so heart felt - I hope Rick Antonson has another journey planned that he can take us all on.
Date published: 2008-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Need a break? Are you tired of the daily grind? Do you wonder what it might be like to quit for a month, and WALK a strange land? Read Rick's delightful story of his month-long trek into a mythical place and time: Timbuktu. You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2008-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great travel adventure read To Timbuktu for a Haircut sets the bar just a bit higher for travel adventure books. Whether it was the experience the author, Rick Antonson, was having at the moment or the cast of characters he was experiencing them with, there was a richness only surpassed by that of the cover. Interruptions of my reading of this book were avoided when possible and regretted when they had to occur. A delightful read
Date published: 2008-08-04