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By Tony Horwitz

This wild and comedian story of center East misadventure is "a very humorous and often insightful examine the world's such a lot flamable sector. Fearlessness is a useful caliber in a trip author, and Mr. Horwitz . . . turns out as intrepid as they come".--The ny occasions booklet assessment

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My jaw ached from too much chewing. Focusing slowly through bloodshot eyes, I saw in the bathroom mirror the “wild-looking, dull-witted automaton” I'd read about in the medical literature. I needed either a day in bed or another round of qat to kill the pain, What I had scheduled instead was an eight-o'clock interview at a Western embassy to gather background for the rest of my Yemeni reporting, on weapons and mayhem. Creaking iato a chair opposite the defense analyst, I managed to string together enough monosyllables to form a question.

The oars were thick and clumsy, and the oarlocks quickly buckled. Water seeped through the boat's cracked floor, soaking my sneakers and making me uneasy. The Nile is rife with a microscopic parasite called bilharzia, which burrows through the foot and lodges in the liver, lungs, eyeballs. Ahmed's anxiety centered on something else. “I do not want to take a bath,” he said, glancing overboard as a motor-boat roared past, tumbling us in its wake. “Malesb,” Geraldine said. Ahmed laughed and complimented her Arabic.

Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. ” Editor #5 glanced at my clips and said, “Good ear for quotes. ” He stubbed out his cigarette, stared me straight in the eye. “We may have an opening on the business desk, covering metals. ” I was looking for shortcuts, for adventure. On the train to Baltimore, I daydreamed of dusty casbahs and caftaned bedouin.

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