on 16 February 2008
This is an excellent piece on the modern Tuareg in Algeria. It is hard to characterise the book as it is a story of the author's re-visit of the Tuareg after an absence of over twenty years, and clearly there have been many changes. It is predominantly a part-travel, part-historical and part-anthropological look at the Tuareg laced with diversionary looks at the vandalism of neolithic art sites by tourists and locals. The author, although no longer a spring chicken himself, is far from an armchair adventurer. He has a clear soft spot for the Tuareg and this makes them so much more real. There are also some points of high drama, which I will not spoil here, and the modern Tuareg who still live semi-nomadically have not lost their skills of survival.