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5.0 out of 5 stars
Open mind to things we cannot understand, 12 July 2010
Everybody knowing West-Africa and wanting to understand its secrets and magic should read this book. Most of us never get close to the things Toby Green writes about. And if we do, we often put them asside as 'backward beliefs' or at any rate 'pure imagination'. Having lived in West-Africa on and of since 1986, I know this magic exists. Toby Green has a very open mind to approach it and tells about it in such a way that you are almost there, with him, doubting, analysing, admiring. I was of course especially happy about his writing on Guinea-Bissau as this country does get very few attention in travel (or other) writing. And last but not least, it was good to read that traveling is not always fun. One does get tired, one does meet bad people, places to stay can be horrible, it is the experience as such that changes who we are.