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To Timbuktu by Mark Jenkins
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Dec 22, 2010

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bookshelves: travel, africa-africans-african-americans
Read from November 29 to December 22, 2010

** spoiler alert ** Mark Jenkins has written several books about traveling in unconventional ways to unconventional places around the world. I enjoy his writing. To Timbuktu is part his own journey but also brief stories of adventurers through the ages who tried to find the source of the Niger River and to get to Timbuktu. He also relives his travel adventures as a crazy 18 year old in Europe and Africa, traveling with the same companion with whom is now going by kayak down the Niger River. At 18 they were totally free to do what they wanted and had no money. At around 30 they both have pregnant wives at wives at home and although there is a lot of the crazy teenager left in these guys, there is now something else - maturity maybe - as well(thank goodness.)

In many ways I think the book is Mark's tribute to his life long friend Mike who died on an adventure trip in the arctic.

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