South from Barbary: along the slave routes of the Libyan Sahara
For six years after reading the account of the British North African expedition of 1818-20, Justin Marozzi had longed to cross the Libyan Sahara by camel. Captivated by the beauty of this little-known country on his first visit to Tripoli, he vowed to return to explore its vast desert along the old slave trade routes. South from Barbary - as nineteenth-century Europeans knew North Africa - is the compelling story of his 1,500-mile journey.
More than a travelogue, South from Barbary is a fascinating history of Saharan exploration and efforts by early British explorers to suppress the African slave trade, which many regarded as 'the most gigantic system of wickedness the world ever saw'. It evokes the poetry and solitude of the desert, the misery of the slave trade in action, the companionship of man and beast, the plight of a benighted nation and the humour and generosity of its resilient people.
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South from Barbary: Along the Slave Routes of the Libyan SaharaUser Review - Book Verdict
In this contemporary desert travelog, British-born journalist Marozzi recounts his 1500-mile journey by camel through the Libyan Sahara. It is the story of two men, Marozzi and his companion, who seek adventure by embarking on a prolonged journey in the Sahara, enduring numerous inconveniences and endlessly fussing about everything. Though the book is heavily interlaced with historical insights and abundantly references accounts by previous travelers, the author's indignation and incessant complaints make the work more irritating than informing. Marozzi's political tirades and satirical commentaries are humorless, their veracity compromised by an obsessive disdain for Libya's political leadership and a permeating ethnocentricity. The narrative betrays a shocking degree of arrogance and insensitivity and is redeemed, perhaps, only by the author's compassion for his camels. Despite a dedication to detail and occasionally fine prose, Marozzi has written a story that will interest few readers, annoy many, and captivate none. An optional purchase at best.-Edward K. Owusu-Ansah, CUNY Coll. of Staten Island Lib., NY ...
Review: South From Barbary: Along the Slave Routes of the Libyan SaharaUser Review - Babak Fakhamzadeh - Goodreads
Marozzi's fascination with Libya seemingly stems from his father taking him to Tripoli as a kid. Marozzi travelled for some 1200 miles through the Libyan desert, starting in Ghadames, inside Libya ... Read full review
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