Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival.
SKELETONS ON THE ZAHARA
A TRUE STORY OF SURVIVAL
By Dean King
[pounds sterling]16.99 William Heinemann William Heinemann (18 May 1863 – 5 October 1920) was the founder of the Heinemann publishing house in London.
He was born in 1863, in Surbiton, Surrey. In his early life he wanted to be a musician, either as a performer or a composer, but, realising that he lacked the
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The western Sahara Western Sahara, territory (2005 est. pop. 273,000), 102,703 sq mi (266,000 sq km), NW Africa, occupied by Morocco. It borders on the Atlantic Ocean in the west, on Morocco in the north, on Algeria in the northeast, and on Mauritania in the east and south. is a baking hot Adj. 1. baking hot - as hot as if in an oven
hot - used of physical heat; having a high or higher than desirable temperature or giving off heat or feeling or causing a sensation of heat or burning; "hot stove"; "hot water"; "a hot August day"; "a hot and desolate place, home only to nomads and their camels, and to locusts, snails and thorny scrub. On 28 August 1815 the US brig Commerce was dashed against Mauritania's Cape Bojador and lost, although through bravery and quick thinking the ship's captain, James Riley, managed to lead all of his crew to safety. Or at least to safety from the immediate threat of death by drowning.
What followed was an extraordinary and desperate battle for survival in the face of human hostility, hunger, dehydration and despair, as the crew were captured, robbed and enslaved Enslaved may refer to:
Sometimes together, more often apart, the sailors were dragged or driven through the desert by their new owners who neither spoke their language nor cared for their plight, except insofar in·so·far
To such an extent.
Adv. 1. insofar - to the degree or extent that; "insofar as it can be ascertained, the horse lung is comparable to that of man"; "so far as it is reasonably practical he should practice as they represented a financial investment in their own fantastically impoverished circumstances.
They were reduced to drinking urine (their own and the camels'), flayed by the sun, crippled by walking miles across burning stones and sand, and losing half their bodyweight, some of them nonetheless held on to their sanity.
And over time James Riley and Sidi Hamet, slave and captor, came to recognise in each other men worthy of respect and the ransom not only of Riley himself but also of a handful of his crew suddenly seemed possible. But Sidi Hamet had enemies of his own, and to reach safety the sailors had to overcome not only the desert but also the greed and anger of those who would keep them in captivity.
From the cold waters of the Atlantic to the searing sear 1
v. seared, sear·ing, sears
1. To char, scorch, or burn the surface of with or as if with a hot instrument. See Synonyms at burn1.
2. Saharan sands, Skeletons on the Zahara is a spectacular odyssey, an unforgettable tale of survival, courage and brotherhood.