Chasing the Lizard’s Tail


"On the surface, the book deals with a bicycle trip from Morocco the the Gambia,
but that is just the background to a beautifully written account on the Sahara
and its history. His ability to observe keenly and to gain so much from the
people he met, make for fascinating reading. Travelling as a teenager with
little money, he enters areas of towns that few of us would dare, giving us a
remarkable insight into the living conditions of out poorer cousins… Settle
down with Michelin 169 and 953 and enjoy a beautifully written description of
the Sahara and the experience of travel … You will learn much, I promise

The book, written in my early twenties and first published in 1996,
covers not only the personal experience of solo desert travel (in the days
before GPS!), but the history and culture of the people of northwestern Africa,
from hash-smoking Berbers in Morocco’s Rif Mountains and the few Saharawis still
remaining in the Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara, to the truely nomadic Moors
of Mauritania, a plethora of Senegalese ethnic groups, and refugees from
elsewhere in West Africa.

As Mauritanians say by way of greeting, bekoum hela – radiance on you!

Jens Finke
"Chasing the Lizard’s Tail"

[Arigato Tatsuo for the fascinating link]