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To Timbuktu for a haircut : a journey through West Africa / Rick Antonson ; foreword by Professor Geoffrey Lipman.

Book Book ([2013])
Description: xx, 310 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2013]
3 of 3 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 of 0 copies available at Gloucester.
0 current holds with 3 total copies.
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  • ISBN: 9781620875674 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 1620875675 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 9781550028058 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 1550028057 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • Edition: Revised and updated edition.
General Note: "This edition published by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., in arrangement with Dundurn Press Limited"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-300) and index.
Contents: Scarcely visited places -- The origin of myths -- The quest for Timbuktu -- From here to Timbuktu -- Among the Tuareg -- The forbidden city -- The strong brown god -- African lanterns -- A good night for West Africa -- Epilogue - A gentle harshness -- Afterword.
Summary: Timbuktu: the African city known to legend as a land of scholars, splendor and mystery, a golden age in the Sahara Desert. But to many it is a vaguely recognizable name - a flippant tag for "the most remote place on earth." With this fabled city as his goal, author Rick Antonson began a month-long trek. His initial plan? To get a haircut. Aided by an adventuresome spirit, Rick endures a forty-five hour train ride, a swindling travel agent, roads, rivers, and a flat deck ferry boat before finally reaching Timbuktu. Rick narrates the history of this elusive destination through the teachings of his Malian guide Zak, and encounters with stranded tourists, a camel owner, a riverboat captain, and the people who call Timbuktu home. Antonson's eloquence and quiet wit highlight the city's myths--the centuries old capital and traveler's dream--as well as its realities: A city gripped by poverty, where historic treasures lie close to the sands of destruction.
Citation: Antonson, Rick. "To Timbuktu for a haircut : a journey through West Africa." New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, 2013.

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