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Travels in Mauritania

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  9 reviews
When Peter Hudson set off for Mauritania, he knew it only as a big blank space on a map of Africa.
Travelling from the capital, Nouakchott, hardly more than a desert encampment, he found among the oases and ancient caravan towns a people in harmony with their harsh surroundings, and began to understand something of the emerging nation's confrontation with the modern world.
Paperback, 250 pages
Published 1990 by Flamingo
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It is more usual that where Mauritania features in a book, it is one of the Saharan countries travelled through as a part of a longer journey. This book is more unusual, in that the author travels extensively through Mauritania, and writes about this country only.

And this books covers a lot of ground. The author visits many towns and villages, and he doesn't rush, spending several days in a village that seems to have about a days worth of things to see. Because of this, the book is largely about
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Around the World-ers
Recommended to Judy by: Amanda
Once I accepted the fact that this book wasn't going to be an adventure story but rather an excellent narrative about Peter Hudson's trek through Mauritania, I settled in and really liked the book. It contains great snapshots of the people, culture and customs of this African desert country. I love Hudson's attitude - the reader can feel his genuine interest in the people and their lives. I learned about the friction between the Moors and the rest of the country. There were humorous episodes, in ...more
Melissa Lindsey
My reading year almost stalled out on this book. As I slogged my way through this read, I felt as thought I might have felt journeying through the desert on the back of a camel. Will this never end?

In fairness, this book is not terribly written, nor would it be all that boring to the reader who loves sand. Hudson has marvelous descriptive abilities and is able to draw out interesting tidbits from that which is rather dry and sandy. But I am not so long suffering when it comes to this type of wri
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Travels in Mauritania is an enjoyable read. Not much happens (for the reader anyway), but it is not what Hudson does, what he sees, or even where he goes that make the book entertaining. It is the people (and animals!) he meets along the way that give the book its color and bring it to life. Hudson has a way of making "friends" and through these friends and the author's adventures you get a good look at Mauritania's history and culture. I appreciated that he stayed more than one day in most vill ...more
K's Bognoter
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
Travels in Mauretania er en traditionel rejseberetning fra et utraditionelt rejsemål. En overraskende god læseoplevelse – for den, der er i stand til at opgive kravet om ydre handling og i stedet læne sig tilbage og nyde Peter Hudsons rolige tempo, mens han rejser gennem ørkenlandet Mauretanien og beretter levende om de mennesker, han møder på vejen.
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David Corleto-Bales
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Back in the early-'90s, Peter Hudson traveled to the African Sahara and journeyed for an extended period of time through the seldom-visited land of Mauritania, then being ravaged by desertification. He finds a lot of interesting surprises.
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
"I was very glad I had stepped out...and had the opportunity to share some little bits of other people's lives",, 23 April 2015

This review is from: Travels in Mauritania (Flamingo) (Paperback)
Read as part of 'global challenge', this is a really well-written travel book. First published in 1990, the author describes his exploration of this largely unknown country - from his arrival in the capital, Nouakachott, with the encroaching sand; to the Moorish peoples of the desert. He visits a ruined c
Feb 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Been a while since I read any travel writing. This one about this little known West African was a very enjoyable trip back to the genre. The author travelled much of the country, taking side trips into the desert to visit small camps and villages of the different tribes. Not a lot of action in the book, but his descriptions brought the landscape and people to life.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nf-travel
TRAVELS IN MAURITANIA, Peter Hudson.....a very interesting travelogue throughout this Saharan country...the focus was on his interaction with a variety of native peoples he befriended on his journey.
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Peter Hudson is a writer, farmer and charity worker. He has been visiting Africa for over thirty years, and indeed there are few parts of the continent he has not seen from the back of a bush taxi, donkey or bicycle. He has written four books about what he has found there, including his most recent, Under an African Sky, which tells the story of a village he has been visiting annually for tweny ye ...more

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