- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 10, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1493669125
- ISBN-13: 978-1493669127
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,495,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Voodoo, Slaves and White Man's Graves: West Africa and the End of Days Paperback – December 10, 2013
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About the Author
Tom Coote's first book 'Tearing up the Silk Road' was published by Garnet Publishing in 2012. He has travelled independently in well over a hundred countries, is a founder of Wicked World Magazine (www.wickedworld.net) and regularly updates his own site at www.tomcoote.net.
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The author is a normal traveller describing his rather quick journey through West Africa. He stays rarely more than one night at each place. He intercepts his own experiences and thoughts with information he has sought out in books. His thoughts are sometimes interesting to read, but he is is not a scholar. One must not expect that, as I did. It isn't even on the level of a journalist, but an normal travel writer.
His book is more similar to Robert D. Kaplan's book The Ends of the Earth: From Togo to Turkmenistan, from Iran to Cambodia, a Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy, but he doesn't have his insights or knowledge to make similar contemplations during his travel.
All this said, I read the book quickly, had problems putting it down, laughed some, got irritated sometimes, which is good. His thoughts on the region are amusing and don't come close to Kaplan's dystopic vision, which is also good. But he didn't stir my imagination and didn't make me want to visit West Africa.
I believe he would have more insights, more things to say, if he had stayed there longer and didn't just do a normal backpack tour with a sour face. What I mean is that even though he had all these descriptions from different books, he doen't seem interested to get to know the place.
To travel to a place if you want to write something worthwhile you have to stay there a while and not just take a quick look at it and say that is madness, and move on.