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The Sheltering Desert: A Classic Tale of Escape and Survival in the Vastness of the Namib Desert Paperback – 1 Nov 2006

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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Ad Donker Publishers; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0868522341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0868522340
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 20 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,682,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Threatened with internment for the duration of World War II, two young German geologists, Henno Martin and Hermann Korn, sought refuge in the Namib Desert, and lived a Robinson Crusoe existence for 2 and a half years. How they mastered their situation, what they did, thought and observed are the subject of the Sheltering Desert. This is their timeless story.


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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.
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A good friend was moving and giving away some of her paperbacks. This book was amongst them and I read it avidly. I believe it is a story that is unique and gives us an insight into the way the human body affects our minds when hunger and survival are the only things that matter. At other times the philosophical discussion is interesting and you feel that the author lived as man lived in the deep and distant past of hunter gatherers.
Pity the game that they saw and hunted is no longer there.

I thoroughly recommend the book
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Having visited Namibia, the book brought back so many happy memories of this wonderful country. If you have the opportunity I urge you to do so.
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