City of Myths, River of Dreams

City of Myths, River of Dreams

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a€œSeen through the thick end of a schnapps bottle, the idea of driving to a music festival near Timbuktu was idiot-proof. Then dawn arrived with a clunk; West Africa? No matter where I turned, the reading was equally grim... Daniel Houghton: murdered as he begged water from a well near Simbing. Mungo Park: overcome by paranoia and slaughtered at Bussa Rapids. Gordon Laing: strangled and beheaded outside Timbuktu. Hugh Clapperton: crippled with malaria and dysentary, rotted to death. Richard Lander: sent temporarily insane and forced to consume bowls of poison by the king of Badagari. Ia€™d yanked my reading classes from my nose and gawped through the window. Did I really want to drive through this hell?a€ In his Toyota 4x4, with his wife and two friends, James Marr heads overland in the foosteps of 18th and 19th century explorers. Along the way he loses his passport in the sand, ruptures his fuel tank, fortifies his suspension with a pair of flip-flops and ponders if, in the intervening years, West Africa has become any more hospitable. In Mali, kidnappings and rebel attacks were a portent of the conflict to come. City of Myths, River of Dreams is his fascinating story. It will appeal both to overland travellers and those with an interest in 4x4 vehicles, as well as fans of travel writing. a€œTravelling through West Africa is an assault on the senses and I was motivated to try and capture the experience a€“ and a particular moment in time, a€ says James Marr.the Hilux, had been at pains to point out a few items I should keep an eye on, and perhaps apply a spanner to, if only ... Like my efforts at DIY, in matters of vehicle maintenance the trick is always to keep it simple, for history has proved ... My original plan had been to make this trip in a Land Rover, a vehicle I believed more befitting the image of an overlander. ... programme do their utmost to destroy a Toyota Hilux, fail miserably, and I knew instantly that the Hilux was the vehicle for me.

Title:City of Myths, River of Dreams
Author: James Marr
Publisher:Troubador Publishing Ltd - 2013-08-01

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