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  • Original Book Title: SAHARA
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  • ISBN : 9788184985535
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  • Pages : 420
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Having walked more than 5,000 kilometres from Trafalgar Square in London to Morocco, Paula Constant finds herself at the westernmost edge of the Sahara Desert—and the brink of sanity. The wheels have fallen off her marriage and her funds are quickly drying up, but she is determined to complete the second stage: walking through the romantic Big Empty of Northern Africa to Cairo. Sahara is the story of Paula`s struggle to come to terms with the loss of her marriage, overcome her innermost demons and take control of her journey, her camels, and the men she hires to guide her through one of the planet`s most extreme regions. Illness, landmines, and political red tape are only some of the obstacles that stand between Paula and the realization of a life`s dream. Sahara is a thrilling adventure and a story of joy, heartache, inspiration, and despair. But above all it’s a celebration of the human spirit in all its guises.
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  • Rating StarANURADHA GOYAL February 15, 2015

    Sahara by Paula Constant is a sequel to her first book Slow Journey South. In the first book, she wrote about her walk from London to Morocco. In Sahara, she tells the story of walking through the Sahara desert along with her camels. She walks throug the countries of Morocco, Mauritania, Mali and finally Niger. Niger, where she had to terminate her journey for more than one reasons. I was inspired by her first leg of the journey itself, in this leg, I developed sheer admiration for her. Admiration for dealing with a personal crisis. Walking through a painful physical condition, for learning at every step, for making mistakes but refusing to fail. And finally for not letting her courage go down in the most demanding circumstances. For most of us, Sahara is one seamless desert that lies somewhere in North Africa. We never realize that it passes through many countries. And many communities and tribes inhabit it- Arabian to African and their combinations in various proportions. There are nomadic tribes and there are settlements in cities by the desert. Reading this book gave me a bit of insight into the landscape that I knew nothing about. It introduced me to the tribal culture on this land, educating me on their lifestyles and values. It is interesting to see that every community and country not only has its own food, language, and style of dressing but their social norms are also very peculiar to them. As a protagonist, Paula Constant takes you through the landscape. Through her personal challenges, which are so many that you really empathize with her. You admire her for learning on the way on how to deal with different tribes. Her choice of guides- sometimes excellent and sometimes pathetic, makes for one hell of a narrative. When you hear the travel story you know how important a guide can be for such an expedition. Home About Travel Blog Innovation Blog Media Publications The Mouse Charmers Contact Anu Reviews Anu Reviews Book Reviews by Anuradha Goyal Fiction Non-Fiction Books on Places General Authors Publishers Language Author Interviews Home » Africa » Book Reviews » Travel » You are reading » Sahara by Paula ConstantAnuradha Goyal February 15, 2015 Sahara by Paula Constant2016-09-23T12:45:18+00:00 Africa, Book Reviews, Travel No Comment Author : Paula Constant | Publisher : Mehta Publishing | Language : English Sahara By Paula Constant Sahara By Paula Constant Sahara by Paula Constant is a sequel to her first book Slow Journey South. In the first book, she wrote about her walk from London to Morocco. In Sahara, she tells the story of walking through the Sahara desert along with her camels. She walks through the countries of Morocco, Mauritania, Mali and finally Niger. Niger, where she had to terminate her journey for more than one reasons. I was inspired by her first leg of the journey itself, in this leg, I developed sheer admiration for her. Admiration for dealing with a personal crisis. Walking through a painful physical condition, for learning at every step, for making mistakes but refusing to fail. And finally for not letting her courage go down in the most demanding circumstances. For most of us, Sahara is one seamless desert that lies somewhere in North Africa. We never realize that it passes through many countries. And many communities and tribes inhabit it- Arabian to African and their combinations in various proportions. There are nomadic tribes and there are settlements in cities by the desert. Reading this book gave me a bit of insight into the landscape that I knew nothing about. It introduced me to the tribal culture on this land, educating me on their lifestyles and values. It is interesting to see that every community and country not only has its own food, language, and style of dressing but their social norms are also very peculiar to them. As a protagonist, Paula Constant takes you through the landscape. Through her personal challenges, which are so many that you really empathize with her. You admire her for learning on the way on how to deal with different tribes. Her choice of guides- sometimes excellent and sometimes pathetic, makes for one hell of a narrative. When you hear the travel story you know how important a guide can be for such an expedition. When you hear her stories of dealing with being a white woman traveling all by herself, you realize the amount of bias a single woman can face in remote places. What I loved about Paula Constant is her ability to understand the situation and deal with it on the go without ever shifting her focus from the mission. She walks like a possessed woman dealing with all oddities – personal, regional or illness. You feel sorry when her expedition is aborted midway in Niger for issues beyond her control. But you somewhere know that she would be back as soon as she can. I read both the books back to back and found a few inconsistencies. The name of her aid in Morocco in the first book was M’barak while she refers to him as Kadar in the second book. Given the relevance of character to her story, I do not see the room for confusion or editing issue. As a reader, it gave me a disconnect in the flow. Secondly, in the first book she never mentions anything wrong between her and her husband, while the second book begins with a discord and a built up for the upcoming split. If you read one book you would not notice this but if you read both the books it stands out. Another inconsistency is the fact that in the end of the first journey they had no money left with them, then how did they manage the money for the second leg? Which they began as per their schedule. In this book, I also wanted the deeper insights into her mind, which came in the first leg, but in this leg, she tends to keep to the operational narrative. I am sure she had undergone a lot mentally and emotionally but for some reasons she chooses to not explore that or not share that with the readers. An excellent read, especially if you ever plan to do an expedition – big or small. ...Read more

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