North Africa

4.8

Nadine Hudson

Why does too much often mean too little?

In the early 1990s, Nadine Hudson from Switzerland is struggling with mental health issues, most notably an eating disorder. She decides to embark on a backpacking trip through Asia…

Nicole Roetheli's - "Nicole's Diary: Running the World... Losing Our Marbles"
4.3

Nicole Roetheli

Is this in any way comparable to the works of Ella Maillart?

remember Serge Roetheli, the guy who fabulously ran around the world and wrote a book about it? Well, Nicole Roetheli is his wife, and she kept him company on her motorcycle during the trip. This is the book she wrote, which is supposed to tell the story from her perspective. Obviously, we are reminded of Ella Maillart and Peter Fleming, both of whom were very good writers…

Serge Roetheli's - "The 25,000 Mile Love Story"
4.8

Serge Roetheli

How can a book about a man running around the whole world be so… bad?

we’re in 1997, and Swiss Athlete Serge Roetheli has just returned from running all the way from South America to Alaska. He was accompanied by his wife on a motorcycle, and now that this “American Challenge” is now behind them, they decide to embark on a world tour…

San Mao's "Stories From The Sahara"
6.5

Sanmao

Was she just a traveler, or did she become a sort of archetype of all female Chinese travel writers?

in 1974, Chen Mao-ping (陳懋平) a young woman from Taiwan who has adopted the pen-name Sanmao (三毛) and the English name Echo, spends some time in the Western Sahara. She lives there with her Spanish husband, whom she calls José…

Jehan de Mandeville's "The Travels"
5.3

Jean de Mandeville

Why is it so much fun to read Medieval travel stories that are at least partly untrue?

Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta's "The Travels"
5.3

Ibn Battuta

Did conservative ethics turn this great adventure story into such a slow read?