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.
Truly enjoyed the read of this experience. Would recommend for a light read and cultural insight. Fascinating concept, well presented. Condition of book as described.Published 12 months ago by Sandra L. Larsen
An entertaining travel adventure novel/memoir. This would have been given 5 stars except for the authors penchant for getting a bit wordy in describing events scenes to the point... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Carl bowden
I quite enjoyed this book. Set mainly in Yemen in the late 1980's, the author explains a great deal about Yemeni life and culture, whilst doing so in a thoughtful and story like... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Wyatt
At the time of his mishap I was living and working in Yemen. What I like most about the book in that he wrote about many of my friends. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jackie
Interesting adventure story, told in a easy to read voice. Love his other books too, but this is my favorite of his books.Published 22 months ago by M. Beckham
I can't remember how I came across this book, but I am happy that I did. It is such a light and fun read. Simple, honest and quite engaging. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Wifaq
What happens when you get shipwrecked on a beautiful island but leave seven years worth of precious journals hidden in the sand when you are suddenly rescued? Read morePublished 24 months ago by daithi fleming
This book- As are all of Eric's books, are entertaining and interesting, well written, and offer an interesting perspective on things and geographical area's outside of the typical... Read morePublished on October 22, 2011 by Robert S. Hand Jr.
I hadn't heard of this book until someone recommended it, what a great recommendation. Eric Hansen does a wonderful job weaving a story from the early shipwreck in 1978 and then... Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by Amazon Customer