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Angry Wind: Through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat, and Camel Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 15, 2005

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This engrossing narration of crossing the Sahel—the Saharan borderlands of Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Mali—by tortuous and frequently hair-raising local conveyances finds a barren, wind-scoured region, wracked by hunger, tribal conflict, animosity between Muslims and Christians and—a particular bane of wayfarers at border crossings—an infuriatingly corrupt and high-handed bureaucracy. Journalist Tayler (Glory in a Camel's Eye) is guilt-stricken by the appalling poverty and enchanted with a Tuareg tribal sword dance ("This is how people were meant to live... shouting their joy into the wild night sky!"), but he generally avoids being overwhelmed by either the region's problems or its exotic charms. Indeed, his critical perspective makes him an often cantankerous presence. Fluent in Arabic and French, he is drawn into debates about religion and politics (President Bush's words and deeds are a favorite topic among Sahelian Muslims), skeptically cross-examines folklore about tourist spots, argues vehemently—with local defenders and Western relativists alike—against the persistent customs of slavery and female circumcision, and faces down bribe-hungry customs officials. Appreciative of the generosity and patience of the region's long-suffering inhabitants, he also sees their cultures as bogged down by dogma and fatalism. Vividly written and trenchantly observed, Tayler's account opens an everyday window on a world that the West normally confronts only in crisis.
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*Starred Review* In 2002, travel writer Tayler, author of Glory in a Camel's Eye (2003), undertook a journey through the Sahel, the southern region of the Sahara Desert. His journey took him through some of the most dangerous regions of countries such as Chad, Nigeria, and Niger, as he sought out Africans of Muslim faith in particular. Tayler encountered many generous people along the way, as well as plenty of bureaucracy and even danger when he traversed territory rife with land mines. Along the way, he talked to Africans of both Muslim and Christian faiths, learning how deep the division between the two groups is. With 9/11 still fresh in everyone's mind and the U.S. on the cusp of attacking Iraq, Tayler also heard plenty of opinions from Muslims about the U.S and Bush, mostly negative and concerned. Tayler vividly recounts the bustling markets, busy cities, and rundown palaces he saw on his journey from Chad to Senegal. The best travel writers can evoke an image of a place in the reader's mind; Tayler does so here with eloquence and grace that bring the cities he visits to life for the armchair traveler. Lovers of travel literature and those who want to learn more about Islam in Africa should not miss this beautifully written travelogue. Kristine Huntley
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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (February 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061833467X
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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I'm glad that insightful writers like Jeffrey Tayler suffer through trips such as the one described here. That way, armchair travelers can get an idea of what these far-flung, dangerous and dirt poor places are really like without having to risk life and limb to understand what it's really like out there.

In the best travel-writing tradition, Angry Wind recounts an arduous journey, revealing the hardships of roughing it on the backroads of some of the world's poorest countries. In the region just south of the Sahara, the Sahel, traveling overland from Chad through Nigeria, Niger and Mali, the author provides wonderful insight into this seldom visited and often misunderstood part of the world. In the complicated post 9/11 world, America is often seen as the aggressor, especially in Muslim countries, and Tayler is frequently the target of animosity when the people he meets learn his nationality. My hat is off to him for overlooking some of the harsh words thrown his way and trying to understand the motivation of the inhabitants of this arid region. It helps that Tayler is fluent in French and Arabic, two languages that see him through quite a few sticky situations.

In addition to learning a lot about the Sahel I very much appreciated Tayler's descriptions of the people and the dire situations they struggle to survive in. Many of the towns and cities he visits eke out a hand-to-mouth existence; daily survival is very much a challenge that we in the West can't begin to comprehend. The filth, poverty and malnutrition serve to color the people's view of the world and, according to the author, provide a ripe breeding ground for Islamic extremism.
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. . . will not know the value of men" (Moorish saying)

Jeffrey Tayler must have had this saying in his mind when embarking on his extraordinary journey across the Sahel from Northern Chad to Senegal on the Atlantic Coast. His book follows in the footsteps of famous explorers of the Sahara/Sahel in centuries past, starting with Ibn Battuta and Leo Africanus to Mungo Park and Heinrich Barth. Tayler deserves an honoured place among them.

An experienced traveler in difficult terrains, as described in previous books, he set himself an unusually challenging itinerary. He trekked mainly through remote rural areas at the southern edge of the Sahara, relying on local transport and local people for assistance in his quest. The two-month excursion took place in early 2003 (prior to the invasion of Iraq) but the shadow of 9/11 confronted him everywhere, with varying degrees of vehemence. One of his objectives, in fact, had been to explore the reactions of local people to the conflicts between his home country, USA, and this part of Africa that is predominantly Muslim. He wanted to hear their concerns and how they judged American politics and treated an American in their midst. His fluency in Arabic and French as well as familiarity with Arab and West African Muslim cultures were essential preconditions for this adventure.

And it was an adventure in all respects: threat of bandits, lack of safe food and water, breaking down vehicles, military and border bureaucrats' attempts to block his way. He followed far-flung desert tracks into regions foreigner had rarely ventured to enter. Chad is not on tourist maps, nor is the northern region of Nigeria. Neither is Niger, the second poorest country in the world.
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This is Jeffrey Tayler's fourth book. I have read all of his books, and I would say that this ranks at the bottom of my list. However, in general, I did enjoy the book. The problem with this book is that Tayler's journey through the Sahel of Africa does not seem to be as extensive as his other sojourns. He seems to move rather quickly through a couple of targeted locations in each of the countries he visits. As a result, the books is light on interesting cultural stories and personal experiences. While he does encounter some potentially difficult situations along the way, this journey does lack the adventurous feeling of his first two books (Siberian Dawn and Facing The Congo). It seems that in this case, Tayler created a truncated trip solely for the purpose of cranking out another book. Having said that, I have to admit I did like the book. Tayler has an eloquent style of writing that makes reading about his journeys interesting even when nothing much has taken place. I am also fascinated by his linguistic skills, which helps him transcend cultural barriers by giving him the ability to converse with almost anyone he encounters. This book also gave me a glimpse into the history and culture of Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Mali, four nations that I previously had little or no knowledge of. If you are a fan of Tayler's books, you will probably like this book, but it may not end up being at the top of your list of favorites.
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Tayler is one brave traveller. Being a white American you need guts to travel in a predominantly Muslim Africa. He charts his journey across the Sahel region, following path ravaged by the vicious Haramattan wind. The author describes the poverty and despair, so characteristic of Africa, with compassion. At times he displays righteous anger when provoked, but soon consoles himself when he perceives the abject misery around him. The book is more than a travelogue. It details the political undercurrents and opinions about post 9/11 USA. Also, one understands the history and causes for the ongoing conflict between the Muslims and Christians. Can it get worse: poverty, rising temperatures and being ruled by misinterpreted Sharia ?
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