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“The night was heavy with foreboding. The rain, which had been spitting down on us during the late afternoon, grew heavier. It hurled into our faces, borne by a wind that was now gusting between the dunes at full force. . . . It was the worst storm we had encountered and Ned was out in it alone.” —Justin Marozzi, South from BarbaryCecil Kuhne's newest anthology gathers the best adventure stories from the world's most barren landscapes. Ranging from 19th-century explorers to modern-day journalists, these desert trekkers deal with everything from deserting men, corrupt armed soldiers, and Nigerian bush taxis to suspicious natives, stubborn camels, and debilitating sunburn. These thirteen tales are more than suspenseful; they also show how life can survive in the most punishing climates.Also featuring: Robyn Davidson's Desert Places-Robyn Davidson follows the Rubari people across the Thar as she tries to adapt to a difficult-but fascinating-way of life. Michael Asher's Two Against the Sahara-Newlyweds embark upon a nine-month, 4500-mile journey across the world's largest desert, traveling from Morocco to Sudan. Bayle St. John's Adventure in the Libyan Desert-In 1847, a team of four trek deep into Libya in search of an oasis. But what they find is even more astounding…
Manna for the armchair traveler, this volume collects 12 stories of worn yet resilient travelers on a path through no-man\x92s-land. Revealing the startling beauty and unending danger of the desert, contributors identify local guides as both lifelines and enemies, and camels as courageous, strong, obstinate travel partners. Except for a 3,000-mile trek around Baja, Calif., and a Colorado River canyon expedition, entries detail the big deserts of Africa and Asia, complete with nomads, charlatans, ghastly provisions and ugly illnesses. Robyn Davidson, the lone woman contributor, writes beautifully of her love/hate relationship with India; travel writer Geoffrey Moorhouse portrays hunger on a march through the Sahara as "tentacles of discomfort that slowly crawled up the belly" and "the windy emptiness within"; British explorer Wilfred Thesiger describes the Arabian Peninsula\x92s Empty Quarter as a desert within a desert, "a wilderness of sand dunes surrounded by featureless gravel plains even more lifeless," extending for some 1400 miles. Chronicling high adventure in barren lands, these brief, intense travel essays howl and snap with immediacy.