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To the Moon and Timbuktu: A Trek Through the Heart of Africa | [Nina Sovich]

To the Moon and Timbuktu: A Trek Through the Heart of Africa

Nina Sovich had always yearned for adventures in faraway places; she imagined herself leading the life of a solitary traveler. Yet at the age of 34, she found herself married and contemplating motherhood. Unwittingly, she had followed life’s script, and now she needed to cast it out. Inspired by female explorers like Mary Kingsley, who explored Gabon’s jungle in the 1890s, and Karen Blixen, who ran a farm in Kenya during World War I, Sovich packed her bags and hopped on the next plane to Africa in search of adventure.
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Nina Sovich had always yearned for adventures in faraway places; she imagined herself leading the life of a solitary traveler. Yet at the age of 34, she found herself married and contemplating motherhood. Catching her reflection in a window spotted with Paris rain, she no longer saw the fearless woman who spent her youth traveling in Cairo, Lahore, and the West Bank. Unwittingly, she had followed life’s script, and now she needed to cast it out.

Inspired by female explorers like Mary Kingsley, who explored Gabon’s jungle in the 1890s, and Karen Blixen, who ran a farm in Kenya during World War I, Sovich packed her bags and hopped on the next plane to Africa in search of adventure.To the Moon and Timbuktu takes listeners on a fast-paced trek through Western Sahara, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, bringing their textures and flavors into vivid relief. On her travels, Sovich encounters rough-and-tumble Chinese sailors, a Venezuelan doctor working himself to death in Chinguetti, indifferent French pensioners RVing along the coast, and a close-knit circle of Nigerien women who adopt her into their fold, showing her the promise of Africa’s future.

This lyrical memoir will transport you to the breathtaking landscapes of West Africa, whose stark beauty will instill wonder in even the most experienced traveler. Sovich’s journey reveals that sometimes we must pursue that distant glimmer on the horizon in order to find the things we value most.

©2013 Nina Sovich (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Jonathan
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    10/5/14
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    "Insightful, and wonderfully read"

    This is a rather unusual book. It describes several journies to the southern fringes of the Sahara, and also provides a lot of introspection about the author coming to terms with marriage and impending motherhood. It's a strange mix but it works. The key appeal of the book, for me, was that I felt that I really got to know the author -- her personality completely infuses the narrative. In truth I found her a very frustrating person but this didn't stop me wanting to listen on. The descriptions of the region are also very evocative and give a real picture of the physical environment and of how life is lived there. Finally the narrator is outstanding. I have often noticed what a small proportion of books on audible are narrated by women, and without question this is the best female narration that I have heard, ranking in my view with the top tier (Simon Vance etc).

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