Monday, September 19, 2016
Sahara by Michael Palin - Book Report #162
What a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a book by the likes of Michael Palin and to have it read by to you by the man himself.
His voice lends itself to narration so well that I was sad when it was all over.
As in most of these kinds of journeys the trips seldom come about without a hitch, detours are encountered, weather, borders, conflicts, bureaucracy, breakdowns and scheduling all come to play in this circumnavigation of the great Sahara desert.
After listening to parts of the audio book I would spend time with the large format coffee table book and peruse the pictures to actually see whet Palin described.
But it is the people that join him along the way that makes this story so special. The generosity of strangers to the traveler has shown itself in his and many other travel writers to be consistent through the world.
People are generally open and inviting and even eager to share their way of life. It just goes to show that governments do not necessarily represent the people of a particular region.
We are more alike than we are led to believe.
That is the power of these kinds of travels: to show us that we are all human.