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Eating the Flowers of Paradise: One Man's Journey Through Ethiopia and Yemen

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Publisher Comments:

Ethiopia in eastern Africa and Yemen on the Arabian peninsula remain as two of the most inviting outposts for travelers seeking the exotic, the exciting and, occasionally, the dangerous. In these two places Qat is just one name given to a green leafy plant that is cultivated there. When chewed, the leaves of this plant release two pharmacologically-active substances that produce a hypnotic, reverential “high” similar to marijuana, but distinctive in the thoughtful state it induces. Kevin Rushby traveled to Ethiopia and Yemen and discovered that the use of Qat is more than the casual use of a mild narcotic. He found that it is a way of life. Qat plays a pivotal role in all facets of the culture influencing everything from architecture to television schedules. Tracing the historic trade routes of Qat the author travels from the heart of Ethiopia over the Red Sea and into Arabia. Written with an exceptional combination of grace, wit and insight, Kevin Rushby proves himself to be a worthy successor to Paul Theroux, Bruce Chatwin and Jan Morris. From Addis Abbaba to Djibouti to Dire Dowa and on to San’a, Rushby discovers the soul of these places while meeting characters one might call "interesting" and avoiding situations one might call "life-threatening." Eating the Flowers of Paradise is a powerful and entertaining journey through exotic lands by one of the best new writers to emerge in recent years.

Book News Annotation:

English teacher turned author and photographer, Rushby recounts his trip along the old Qat Road from the highlands of Ethiopia to Yemen, describing the people and cultures he encountered. He augments traditional travel narrative by exploring the rich and varied culture surrounding the drug qat, legal in Britain, banned in the US, central to the life of Yemen, and variously characterized as being as mild as tea or as addictive as cocaine. Indeed he includes a qat glossary and consumer's guide to buying and enjoying it, and ponders the range of attitudes about drugs and addiction.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 316-317) and index.

About the Author

Kevin Rushby taught English in Sudan, Malaysia, and Yemen before becoming a fulltime author and photographer.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments * Introduction * Africa * The Red Sea * Arabia * A Qat Glossary and Consumer’s Guide * Bibliography * Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312217945
Subtitle:
One Man's Journey Through Ethiopia and Yemen
Author:
Rushby, Kevin
Author:
Rushby
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Ethiopia
Subject:
Narcotic habit
Subject:
Yemen
Subject:
Narcotic habit -- Yemen.
Subject:
Qat.
Subject:
Qat -- Ethiopia.
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Publication Date:
19990315
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.59x6.48x1.22 in. 1.45 lbs.

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