Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea

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Vintage Books, 1992 - Travel - 240 pages
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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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Incredibly lyrical and poetic travel writing. - Goodreads
Interesting but writing was a little dry. - Goodreads
Hansen is a first rate travel writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Leah - Goodreads

I have no great complaints, but it didn't move me either. It certainly didn't inspire awe for the country of Yemen or a yearning to experience the culture. It struck me Asa little funny that the rest ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tricia - Goodreads

A very good travel book, taking me to parts of the world where I am learning more geography and culture. We must do this in order to understand what is going on in the world and the complexities of "why". Read full review


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Eric Hansen lives in San Francisco, California.

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