Shawn Thrasher's Reviews > To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story

To Timbuktu by Steven  Weinberg
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Nov 09, 11

really liked it
Read from November 06 to 09, 2011

Although mostly an engaging travelogue, this is also a little bit graphic novel (I love Weinberg's illustrations), some coming of age (being 23 and just out of college is tough no matter where you are, let alone Mali), a little bit love story (new couple exploring each other with an international backdrop), some personal exploration, and a taste of American and other geopolitics - none of which is very deep (which happened to be fine by me). And Jon Scieszka, the hilarious children's author and advocate of boy literacy, is Casey's dad and makes several cameo appearances (neat!). The moral of the story may be that everyone should get the opportunity to explore another culture in depth, and that do-goodery can be a mixed bag of emotions and help.

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