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

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For some reason, when this book came out a few years ago, it was almost completely ignored. But with the glut of bad travel books (and of even worse books on Africa) I can't figure out why. Rushby's account of his travels through Ethiopia and Yemen tracing the story of the enigmatic drug called "qat" is so vivid and engaging and enlightening that it should have gotten far more attention. Or at least it should have gotten some. Rushby recounts amazing tales and fascinating history while also following the paths of other writers who traveled in the region before him, like Sir Richard Burton and Arthur Rimbaud.
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Publisher Comments:

Lured by idyllic memories of ancient cities, spectacular mountains and, most of all, dreamy afternoons spent chewing the psychoactive leaves of the Qat tree, Kevin Rushby set out to travel from the highlands of Ethiopia to Yemen. It was a fascinating and dangerous journey, peopled with an extraordinary array of characters — criminals, Islamic scholars, an exorcist, and Cedric the travelling companion from hell. Eating the Flowers of Paradise combines classic travel writing with an explanation of the rich and varied culture surrounding the drug qat. Legal in the U.K. but banned in the U.S., experts variously claim to be as mild as tea or as addictive as cocaine. In the Yemen, it is central to the life of the country, and, as he goes, Rushby explores our attitudes towards substance abuse and addiction.

Book News Annotation:

Paper edition reprint of a 1999 work about which Book News wrote: 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)

Synopsis:

Ethiopia in Eastern Africa and Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula remain two of the most inviting outposts for travelers seeking the exotic. 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 substances that produce a hypnotic, reverential "high," distinctive in the thoughtful state it induces. Kevin Rushby discovered that the use of Qat is a way of life since it plays a pivotal role in all facets of the culture influencing everything from architecture to television schedules.

About the Author

KEVIN RUSHBY taught English in Sudan, Malaysia, and Yemen before becoming a full-time author and photographer.

Table of Contents

Africa * The Red Sea * Arabia * A Qat Glossary and Consumer’s Guide

Africa * The Red Sea * Arabia * A Qat Glossary and Consumer’s Guide


Product Details

ISBN:
9780312229696
Subtitle:
One Man's Journey Through Ethiopia and Yemen
Author:
Rushby, Kevin
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Chemical Dependence
Subject:
Ethiopia
Subject:
Yemen
Subject:
Substance Abuse & Addictions - Drug Dependence
Publication Date:
20000617
Binding:
TP
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.21x6.11x.94 in. 1.06 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

For some reason, when this book came out a few years ago, it was almost completely ignored. But with the glut of bad travel books (and of even worse books on Africa) I can't figure out why. Rushby's account of his travels through Ethiopia and Yemen tracing the story of the enigmatic drug called "qat" is so vivid and engaging and enlightening that it should have gotten far more attention. Or at least it should have gotten some. Rushby recounts amazing tales and fascinating history while also following the paths of other writers who traveled in the region before him, like Sir Richard Burton and Arthur Rimbaud.

"Synopsis" by ,
Ethiopia in Eastern Africa and Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula remain two of the most inviting outposts for travelers seeking the exotic. 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 substances that produce a hypnotic, reverential "high," distinctive in the thoughtful state it induces. Kevin Rushby discovered that the use of Qat is a way of life since it plays a pivotal role in all facets of the culture influencing everything from architecture to television schedules.

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