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A different insight to the Middle East,
This review is from: Misadventure in the Middle East: Travels as Tramp, Artist and Spy (Paperback)
I found this book very entertaining and it gave a very different angle on the life and recent events in the Middle East region. I travel to many of the countries mentioned in the book as a business man, and it was good to read what other Western travelers, who had a chance spend more time in each country and to interact with different parts of the local society, experienced and learned. The author and his friends are British artists, who after university decide to find out first hand what the Arab and Muslim world really are and is it even possible to use such generic terms. They travel with really low budget driving from the UK to the Middle East. The timing of the trip happens to coincide with a period from the build up of the second gulf war to the end of the war itself. The author even visits Baghdad right after the invasion. What I liked especially was the different reactions they received and how the local people saw the West and the war especially. What I would have skipped was the long dialog between the travelers.