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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Review: Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea

User Review  - Andy Beain - Goodreads

Hanson mentions at the end of the book that he had some 300 extra pages that didn't make it into the book. It seems to me that some of the points he was trying to make or stories he was telling got lost in a more condensed version and honestly I wouldn't have minded another hundred pages. Read full review

Review: Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea

User Review  - Tai - Goodreads

fun travel adventure book. the author spins quite a tale - who knows how much of it is true, but regardless he still paints an entertaining and fascinating picture of life in the Yemen. Read full review


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Eric Hansen lives in San Francisco, California.

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