City of Myths, River of Dreams: Overland from the Barbary Coast to the Gulf of Guinea

James Marr


City of Myths, River of Dreams: Overland from the Barbary Coast to the Gulf of Guinea

City of Myths, River of Dreams: Overland from the Barbary Coast to the Gulf of Guinea

  • Title: City of Myths, River of Dreams: Overland from the Barbary Coast to the Gulf of Guinea
  • Author: James Marr
  • ISBN: 9781783060528
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback



Seen through the thick end of a schnapps bottle, the idea of driving to a music festival near Timbuktu was idiot proof Then dawn arrived with a clunk West Africa No matter where I turned, the reading was equally grim Daniel Houghton murdered as he begged water from a well near Simbing Mungo Park overcome by paranoia and slaughtered at Bussa Rapids Gordon Laing sSeen through the thick end of a schnapps bottle, the idea of driving to a music festival near Timbuktu was idiot proof Then dawn arrived with a clunk West Africa No matter where I turned, the reading was equally grim Daniel Houghton murdered as he begged water from a well near Simbing Mungo Park overcome by paranoia and slaughtered at Bussa Rapids Gordon Laing strangled and beheaded outside Timbuktu Hugh Clapperton crippled with malaria and dysentary, rotted to death Richard Lander sent temporarily insane and forced to consume bowls of poison by the king of Badagari I d yanked my reading classes from my nose and gawped through the window Did I really want to drive through this hell In his Toyota 4x4, with his wife and two friends, James Marr heads overland in the foosteps of 18th and 19th century explorers Along the way he loses his passport in the sand, ruptures his fuel tank, fortifies his suspension with a pair of flip flops and ponders if, in the intervening years, West Africa has become any hospitable In Mali, kidnappings and rebel attacks were a portent of the conflict to come City of Myths, River of Dreams is his fascinating story It will appeal both to overland travellers and those with an interest in 4x4 vehicles, as well as fans of travel writing Travelling through West Africa is an assault on the senses and I was motivated to try and capture the experience and a particular moment in time, says James Marr.


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