From Here to Timbuktu

Hughes, Pauline (2012) From Here to Timbuktu. Smokestack Books, Middlesbrough. ISBN 9780956814449

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Abstract

The fabled city of Timbuktu, once the dazzling commercial and intellectual capital of the Songhay empire, is now just another impoverished desert town on the adventure holiday trail for affluent Western tourists. From Here to Timbuktu follows the fortunes of a group of tourists as they make their way by 4x4 and pinasse across the Mali desert. Cash–rich and time–poor, they want 'to see where life is raw.' Like Chaucer's pilgrims on the road to Canterbury, these travellers pass the time bickering, gossiping, flirting and falling out, eventually sharing the stories of their lives with humour and pathos. Written in Chaucer's rime royal, From Here to Timbuktu is a book about Third World poverty and First World consumption. It's a travelogue, a satire, an epic poem, and a journey across the savannah in a four–wheel drive from here – to Timbuktu.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Q300 English studies
W800 Imaginative Writing
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
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Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2012 14:53
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 10:23
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5985

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