The book of Henno Martin are his memories of living in the Namib desert in Southern Africa with his friend Hermann and the dog Otto from 1939 to 1942.
They, being German origin, decide to escape a possible internation by the British Colonial Power in Namibia after Germany had started the 2nd World War in 1939. They hope not to get involved into anything about that war and therefore decide to hide somewhere in the vast Namib Desert not to be found by the British authorities.
The book leads after one page right to the beginning of their adventure and describes chronologically, very clear and simple to read how they start trying to survive in that harsh, but also beautiful desert environment.
The search for water, the difficulty of successful hunting, the difficulties to perserve meat after successful hunting, periods of starvation, living in loneliness, the wonders of the desert all these are getting described very powerful. Some b/w picture give the reader a glimpse about the simplicity of their live and the beauty of the desert and its wildlife.
Additionally there are sections that recall the thoughts and discussions of Henno and Hermann during this long and lonely three years about how evolution has prepared wild life to survive in the harsh desert and what could have been the most basic driving forces for this evolution.
A wonderful book, stunning and unforgettable. Every person who will read it will get a very detailed and still unheroic inside in what survival in the desert really means.