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


  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9781620875674 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 1620875675 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 9781550028058 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 1550028057 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • Description: xx, 310 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
  • Edition: Revised and updated edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2013]

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Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 916.6/Antonson (Text to phone) Available -
Beverly Main NEW G 490 .A585 2013 (Text to phone) Checked out 09/15/2014
Reading Adult New Nonfiction NEW 916.6 ANT (Text to phone) Available -
Wakefield Adult NEW Nonfiction (Across from Circulation Desk) 916.6 Antonson (Text to phone) Available -

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General Note: "This edition published by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., in arrangement with Dundurn Press Limited"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-300) and index.
Contents Note: 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.

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