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Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea (Vintage Departures) Paperback – 1 Aug 1992

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; 1st Vintage Departures Ed edition (1 Aug. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067973855X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679738558
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,056,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ten years after being shipwrecked in North Yemen, the author returns to recover the notebooks he buried for safekeeping, rediscovering the rich and exotic culture of Yemen with his guide, Mohammed.

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In 1978 Eric Hansen found himself shipwrecked on a desert island in the Red Sea. When goat smugglers offered him safe passage to Yemen, he buried seven years' worth of travel journals deep in the sand and took his place alongside the animals on a leaky boat bound for a country that he'd never planned to visit.
As he tells of the turbulent seas that stranded him on the island and of his efforts to retrieve his buried journals when he returned to Yemen ten years later, Hansen enthralls us with a portrait -- uncannily sympathetic and wildly offbeat -- of this forgotten corner of the Middle East. With a host of extraordinary characters from his guide, Mohammed, ever on the lookout for one more sheep to squeeze into the back seat of his car, to madcap expatriates and Eritrean gun runners- and with landscapes that include cities of dreamlike architectural splendor, endless sand dunes, and terrifying mountain passes, Hansen reveals the indelible allure of a land steeped in custom, conflicts old and new, and uncommon beauty.

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