1089 Nights: An Odyssey Through the Middle East, Africa and Asia (Google eBook)

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iUniverse, Nov 13, 2008 - Travel - 303 pages
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Ann von Lossberg and boyfriend Jim Hudock stand at the dock at Baltimore harbor and wave goodbye to their screaming-red VW bus en route to England--"just about the most beautiful magic carpet I've ever seen," Ann says. Quitting their jobs and selling their possessions, they travel around the world with no fixed itinerary-presuming that their odyssey will be no less magical than Ali Baba's classical odyssey. The first overland trip, two and a half years, is to the Middle East and Africa; a second trip to Asia is thirteen months. "Extended travel peels away the layers of your former self, especially the demands of Africa," Ann says. "Something happens when you give up wearing a watch and relinquish control over time. Experience found us; extraordinary things that just don't happen to people happened to us. We learned to leap, and the net always appeared." The language that filled Ann's journals, seasoning over twenty-five years' time to become the sixteen stories of 1089 Nights, gives way to something rich and transcendent. A sympathetic storyteller with a keen eye-most commonly the lone woman traveler among men-Ann provides us with an armchair view of the world without the mosquitoes. From Syria to Mozambique to Cambodia, over and over, this heartening memoir shows us that the world is a wondrous place, that travel can change us, satisfy something soulful, and promote the most personal kind of peace. 1089 Nights is a passionate love affair with the world that carries an urgent plea. "The world passes us by faster than we know. If we don't catch it soon, the airwaves will immutably wash over us in the same likeness. We will become as one." "Hurry," Ann says, "the camels are waiting."
  

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1089 Nights: An Odyssey through the Middle East, Africa and Asia by Ann von Lossberg is a lively non-fiction account of Ann von Lossberg’s travels together with her boyfriend, Jim Hucock, through the ... Read full review

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The prefatory allusion to The Book of One Thousand and One Nights introduces the reader to the text that follows – one is encouraged to expect a cornucopia of interwoven tales. Despite not being an ... Read full review

Contents

LEAP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR
1
DESERT FEVER
18
LOVE IN THE DESERT
39
THE PINK SCAR
58
THE INSHALLAH FERRIES
74
THE CAMELS CRY
86
THE BUSH IN DRAG
97
THE OTHER AFRICA
108
THE GOD OF UNKNOWING
178
PRAYERS ON THE WIND
195
CHARMING DEITIES I HAVE KNOWN
212
UNHOLY MATRIMONY
228
ENEMIES IN ANOTHER TIME
239
THE YOUNG GREEN GRASS
255
THE STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES
275
THE MOONLIGHT ON MY BED
294

THE SIRENS OF SERENGETI
154
THE TRAIN TO NO MANS LAND
169
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
303
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About the author (2008)

Ann von Lossberg has traveled to fifty-five countries since her love affair with travel and the developing world began in 1976. She married her nonprofit-foundation background and love of other cultures by creating the Cambodian Children's Education Foundation. Half the proceeds of 1089 Nights support the tuition and education of young people in Kompong Som (Sihanoukville), Cambodia. Ann resides in Howard County, Maryland.

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