Skeletons on the Zahara?

by Panda 3 Replies latest jw friends

  • Panda

    Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King is non-fiction. The story relates the experiences of a shipwrecked Yankee merchant vessel in 1815. The author sets up the space and time so that you don't need to be a historian to understand the era.

    Captain Riley wrote a book about his captivity on the Zahara (Sahara). Almost half of the crew did not return to the US. The Yankees eat locusts and drink camel urine to survive their slavery. The hope is that they will get to Morrocco and be ransomed to the US consulate. Only there isn't really a consul. The nearest is at Gibralter. Captain Riley's guilty conscience, slavery in Africa, and an understanding of human stamina kept me up nights reading. Even though I knew who made it back to Connecticut I was still enthralled.

    Dean King wrote that during his on site research in North Africa that he found the nomads living basically the same on the edge of existence type lifestyle. After reading this book I have a new view of subsistence existence.

    After Riley's rescue and return to America he became a staunch abolishnist (understandable) and spent time in Washington DC speaking out about his own slavery. All of the returnees had residual illnesses including arthritus, respiratory disease, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

    I'm reading Skeletons again... only this time I have a map infront of me.

    So if you get a chance to read this let me know what you think.

  • Undaunted Danny
    Undaunted Danny

    No way i will have time out to read it,but thanks for sharing mate.

    I know what it's like to live hand to mouth.

  • Valis

    Panda...I love stories of adventure, whether fiction or non fiction. Thanks for the suggestion!


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  • Panda

    Thanks for your responses! One suggestion for UNDAUNTED DANNY, books on tape. One of the gals at our reading discussion grooup never has time to read so she listens to tapes going to and from work. And VALIS I know you've got to read plenty for work, but this one is worth the extra time.

    One favorite of mine is Treasure Island. I know it should be Little Women or something along those lines. But being raised w/5 boys I was used to digging foxholes and making up backyard adventures. So adventure has always been a fav for me too.

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