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Seasons of Sand --- One Man's Quest to Save a Dying Sahare Village

Aebi, Ernst

Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 1993
ISBN 10: 0671769359 / ISBN 13: 9780671769352
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Title: Seasons of Sand --- One Man's Quest to Save ...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Emilie Manfuso Aebi, Ernst Aebi, and Peter Aebi-- Photographers

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition


Mint/Mint Full # line. Center of book is filled with 21 wonderful color photos on glossy photo paper that are in addition to the 236 pages. Each photo is framed in a thin black border. Classy look! From " Seasons of Sand " --- On the fifth day, Dah pointed out a speck in a whole mess of dunes. When ewe finally reached it, I saw that it was an actual village, complete with houses, the first permanent settlement I'd seen in what seemed like several lifetimes. But what a horrible place. Why anybody would have built a village here was beyond me. No vegetation, no shade, just sand and rubble. And ravenous swarms of black flies buzzing over the inhabitants in their tattered rags, and over the camels and goats and salt bars. Surely this was hell on earth, I thought. I turned to Dah, who seemed to read my mind. "Araouane," he said. COLLECTIBLE Ernst Aebi, world renowned globetrotter, artist, Explorers Club member, etc. returns to Araoane to resurrect it and its 120 residents, to save this village where it had not rained in more than 4 decades and the water level sank to more than 170 feet below the surface. Somebody who proved that one peerson can make a difference in the world. There is a very neat and small stamp of former owners name on front end paper. Hence it is Fine but looks and feels As New. Bookseller Inventory # 000371

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Synopsis: Recreates the author's personal quest to rescue a former hub of the Timbuktu trade route from abject poverty and to transform it into a self-reliant village in the modern world.

From Kirkus Reviews: Amazing tale of how Aebi--an N.Y.C.-based artist, loft- renovator, and explorer--breathes new life into a decaying village in the depths of the Sahara Desert. Aebi's adventure begins in 1988 when, inspired by reading Richard Trench's classic Forbidden Sands, he hires a caravan to cross the North African sands from Timbuktu to the salt mines of Taoudenni. This arduous camel trek, during which Aebi chews on sheep spleen and slurps dung-filled water, leads him to the forgotten town of Araoure, population 145, which he instantly appraises as ``hell on earth.'' Here, women snare locusts for dinner, while men sip tea and despair, waiting for the rain that hasn't come in 42 years. But something blossoms in Aebi's heart, and he decides to save the village. Back in New York, he learns Arabic; in Switzerland, he buys a truck; in Algiers, he collects tomatoes, figs, beets--any crop that will flourish in the desert. What follows is a stunning experiment in social engineering, as the author teaches the villagers to grow their own food and overcome their old prejudices: Blacks and Arabs, formerly divided by a strict caste system, learn to share responsibilities. Veiled women do work traditionally reserved for men. Aebi introduces money and with it ``the ugly sin of greed.'' A hotel goes up and attracts foreign tourists. Araoure's old guard fights the revolution, as does the federal bureaucracy, but to no avail; Aebi pushes through changes with carrot and stick, becoming the town's doctor, technician, cheerleader, and demiurge. After three years he heads back to New York, leaving behind a booming desert oasis--only to learn that Tuareg insurrectionists have overrun Araoure since his departure, undoing much of his magic. The stuff that dreams are made of--and it's all real. (Sixteen pages of color photos) -- Copyright 1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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