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The Secret of the Sahara: Kufara

Gelesen von Steven Seitel

(4,607 Sterne; 14 Bewertungen)

In an age when women were expected to remain at home, entertain, and rear children, Rosita Forbes elected "to boldly go where no one had gone before..." Like her older contemporary, Gertrude Bell (who was focused more in the Persian and Iraqi areas), Forbes held a profound love of the vast desert and the people who lived there. That love shines out in this engaging travelogue of her November 1920 - February 1921 adventure. The expedition took her deep into the Libyan desert to seek a remote location, revered by local peoples, that was protected from outside intrusion. Forbes was the first European woman, and only the second outsider, to reach Kufara, amid trials of difficult travel, complications with camels, differing priorities of personnel, political intrigue, outright betrayal, climate hardships, and near-disastrous wanderings off the route when water was short or gone. Her sharing of the surroundings, situations, and cultural nuances makes the reader feel as if you were right there with her, shading your eyes as you await the capture of the sunrise or sunset mirage that will show the distant features you hope to locate. Join her entourage and travel along through the Libyan sands as she shares this historic journey of more than a thousand miles. ( summary by LCaulkins) (10 hr 46 min)


00 Preface


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01 We Enter on the Great Adventure


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02 Plans for the Flight


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03 The Escape from Jedabia


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04 Across the Desert with She-ib


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05 Triumphant Arrival at Jalo


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06 Christmas in the Desert


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07 A Faulty Guide on a Waterless Way


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08 The Lake in the Desert


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09 Treachery at Hawari


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10 Feasts in the Holy Place


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11 The ''Cities'' of Kufara


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12 The Flight from Taj


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13 Through the Mountains


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14 The Elusive Dunes


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15 The End of the Journey


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A real life Under a Sheltering Sky. Superbly read, bravo!

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