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Near Death in the Desert: True Stories of Disaster and Survival (Vintage Departures)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 14th 2009 by Vintage
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Bob Roller
Apr 14, 2010 Bob Roller rated it liked it
"Near Death" is an overstatment. A more appropriate title would be "The Desert is Hot and Made me Thirsty." It's an interesting but uneventful read.
Blue Jello Elf
Aug 07, 2010 Blue Jello Elf rated it did not like it
This book did not impress me from the very first essay, in which the editor's postscript stated that "Michael Asher was the first to [spoiler]," which completely discounted the fact that Michael Asher's wife was along on the whole trip. That just seemed kind of... not cool. For the most part, the stories in the book were pretty dull.
Adam
Jul 15, 2015 Adam rated it liked it
I was expecting a selection of stories of disasters in the desert and the people who survived them, but got instead tales of desert adventure. Most were good, some were less good, and it was not what I had wanted going in, but still a pretty fun read about the cultures of the desert.
Manintheboat
Jun 15, 2010 Manintheboat rated it it was ok
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I quit halfway through but feel I need to give myself full credit for sticking around for that long. A difficult boring slog. It is often impossible to tell if the characters are camels or people.
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