Salak's second travel memoir--her first, Four Corners (2001), chronicled her trip deep into Papua New Guinea--takes her down the Niger River to Timbuktu, following the trail of Scottish explorer Mungo Park, who more than 200 years before attempted the same journey. Salak decides to take the journey alone on a kayak, hoping to recapture Park's sense of wonder and determination. Her journey gets off to an inauspicious start when she injures her arm on the very first day of her journey. But Salak preseveres, and spends day in and day out paddling down the river. Along the way, she encounters various tribes, some friendlier than others, and grapples with her own reactions to some of their traditions, such as female genital mutilation. She also muses on Park's two difficult journeys down the river, seeking the elusive golden city of Timbuktu. Salak's trip is deeply personal, and she shares her fears, her triumphs, and her thoughts along the way with the reader, making it an accessible, involving journey for her audience. Kristine Huntley
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Having read Ms. Salak's previous nonfiction book, FOUR CORNERS, I was so pleased to find a level of maturity and wisdom in this book that was lacking in the other. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristine McCaffrey
Kira Salak's harrowing journey down the Niger River is the perfect piece of nonfiction travel adventure writing to quell any reader with an irrepressible sense of wanderlust,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Angele Maraj
Great read! Very inspiring. Kira is a true traveler and wanderer and I love how she is genuinely concerned with humanity in general (Case in point: She freed two slaves in Mali... Read morePublished 10 months ago by G.
Kira is not only a great athlete, but is also a fantastic writer, who puts herself in danger frequently. Read morePublished 11 months ago by matthew
Kira Salak is the bravest writer I know. There's not only danger in the journeys she takes, but physical and mental hardships to the point where you have to wonder how she manages... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sharon Fratepietro
The author always writes the most interesting adventure books, and she always makes these solo adventure trips herself! The most exciting true stories I have ever read! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Janet
Real fun read!
A real fun summer read of adventure. Its good to read about women explores as opposed to the usual man.
This is the second book, I have read by this Author, the first being a trip she took to Papau New Guinea, called Four Corners.
Kira Salak is an explorer and a risk taker. Read more
I am an avid traveller in my own right but Kira took me to places that left me with my mouth hanging open and amazed at the gumption of this amazing woman. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer