The Elephant's Tusk: a Voyage Across Sudan to the Heart of African Islam

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Author: Lynn Shirey
Date: Apr. 2002
From: School Library Journal(Vol. 48, Issue 4)
Publisher: Library Journals, LLC
Document Type: Book review; Brief article
Length: 228 words

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Nadal, Paco. El cuerno del elefante: un viaje pot Sudan al corazon del Islam africano. (The Elephant's Tusk: A Voyage Across Sudan to the Heart of African Islam)

Barcelona: RBA Libros: Oceano. 2001. 222p. photogs. maps. ISBN 84-7901-759-7. pap. $17.95. TRAV

Africa's largest country, Sudan has been ravage by the continent's oldest civil war, as well as years of drought, hunger, and poverty. Compelled by various personal crises, Spanish journalist and film and travel writer Nadal (b. 1960) sought solace in a solo journey to this country--the least accessible place he could think of. Nadal intersperses his personal quest with historical accounts as well as references to adventure films, legends, and other travelers' descriptions. His monthlong journey began in the capital city of Khartoum, which means "elephant's trunk" (named for a curiously shaped island at the juncture of the Blue and White Niles that looked more like a tusk to Nadal). From there he used public transportation to explore the regions of Nubia, Dongola, Meroe, and Karima. His personal experiences and contact with the local people bring the story to life. Although Nadal tends to romanticize his own experiences and adventures (he compares himself to the great travel writers Bruce Chatwin and Paul Bowles), this book is fun, engaging, personal, and informative. Recommended for general collections in public libraries and bookstores. --Lynn Shirey, Harvard Coll. Lib., Cambridge, MA

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