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Near Death in the Desert: True Stories of Disaster and Survival (Vintage Departures)
by Cecil Kuhne
“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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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.
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.