From Publishers Weekly
This affecting travel and spiritual adventure concerns five Peace Corps volunteer women teachers in Liberia who in 1964 undertook a seven-week, 4000-mile journey through West Africa, crossing the Sahara from Nigeria to Algiers by train, bus, car and trans-Saharan truck. Writing with a sense of immediacy, Kennedy, who was one of the party and is now a principal planner at UCLA, evokes the magic and awesomeness of the alternatingly hot and frigid desert lashed by the Harmattan wind and sand. The unpredictable, rugged, often dangerous conditions (the group was abducted by lecherous French gendarmes ) served both to forge and strain bonds among the temperamentally diverse travelers, who were isolated by the language barrier and traditional Arab treatment of women. Kennedy judges the adventure well worth the hazards because those the group encountered largely responded generously to "their curiosity . . . respect . . . and terrible vulnerability." Author tour.
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From Library Journal
Kennedy recounts her journey with four other Peace Corps volunteers across the Sahara from Liberia to Algiers. As the journey progresses, we are acquainted with a variety of intriguing individuals and experiences that were part of the realization of this group's goal. Kennedy matter-of-factly describes the wrath of the desert elements, the search for lodging and transportation, the strain on relationships, language challenges, and the logistics of such a journey. She excels at describing what happens and making observations throughout but fails to generate or relay the excitement one expects from such autobiographical travel accounts. Though the concept has great literary potential, the book itself misses the mark, leaving readers with a feeling of dissatisfaction. A possible candidate for general collections.
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- Jo-Anne Mary Benson, Osgoode, Ontario
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