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My Mercedes Is Not for Sale: From Amsterdam to ouagadougou...an Auto-Misadventure across the Sahara

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“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?”

—Janis Joplin

A journalist’s intrepid endeavor to sell his used car abroad results in a high-spirited and revealing look at West Africa.

“Look, there’s my car,” I say, pointing at my Mercedes in the parking lot.

“Where?” a fellow desert traveler asks.

“There, that Mercedes,” I say.

He looks at me, questioning. “You want to drive that through the Sahara?”

Jeroen van Bergeijk came up with what seemed like a great scheme for making a quick profit: buy a clunker of a car in his native Amsterdam and resell it in the Third World, where a market even for jalopies still thrives. His chariot of choice is a rusted-out 1988 Mercedes 190D with 220,000 kilometers on its odometer; his route will take him from Holland through Morocco, across the Sahara, and into some of the least trodden parts of Africa.

My Mercedes Is Not for Sale is a rollicking tale of an innocent abroad. The author finds himself facing a driving challenge akin to the Dakar Rally but encounters obstacles never dreamed of by race-car drivers: active minefields, occasional banditry—mostly by the border guards—and a teenage, chain-smoking desert guide with a fondness for Tupac lyrics. Food and water are scarce, sandstorms are frequent, and all he has to patch up his many car breakdowns thousands of miles from civilization is a bar of soap, some duct tape, and a pair of women’s nylons. Then there’s the coup he survived.

My Mercedes Is Not for Sale captures more than the adventure—it vividly portrays the impact of globalization on Africa through a surprise-filled journey into its thriving car culture, while asking the question: is the white man’s burden really a used car?

Synopsis:

An Amsterdam-based journalist describes his rollicking adventures and misadventures as he journeys through Africa in the hopes of selling his dilapidated, used car in the Third World; chronicles his odyssey from Holland into some of Africa's most remote areas; and details his encounters with minefields, bandits, colorful desert guides, and a coup along the way. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

Janis Joplin

A journalist's intrepid endeavor to sell his used car abroad results in a high-spirited and revealing look at West Africa.

Look, there's my car, I say, pointing at my Mercedes in the parking lot.

Where? a fellow desert traveler asks.

There, that Mercedes, I say.

He looks at me, questioning. You want to drive that through the Sahara?

Jeroen van Bergeijk came up with what seemed like a great scheme for making a quick profit: buy a clunker of a car in his native Amsterdam and resell it in the Third World, where a market even for jalopies still thrives. His chariot of choice is a rusted-out 1988 Mercedes 190D with 220,000 kilometers on its odometer; his route will take him from Holland through Morocco, across the Sahara, and into some of the least trodden parts of Africa.

My Mercedes Is Not for Sale is a rollicking tale of an innocent abroad. The

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767930222
Subtitle:
From Amsterdam to Ouagadougou: An Auto-misadventure across the Sahara
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Translated by:
John Antonides
Author:
Jeroen van Bergeijk
Author:
Van Bergeijk, Jeroen
Subject:
Travel : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Automobile travel
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Africa, West
Subject:
Mercedes automobile
Subject:
Africa, West Description and travel.
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Africa-West Africa
Subject:
TRAVEL / General
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080715
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
210

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My Mercedes Is Not for Sale: From Amsterdam to ouagadougou...an Auto-Misadventure across the Sahara
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Product details 210 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780767930222 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An Amsterdam-based journalist describes his rollicking adventures and misadventures as he journeys through Africa in the hopes of selling his dilapidated, used car in the Third World; chronicles his odyssey from Holland into some of Africa's most remote areas; and details his encounters with minefields, bandits, colorful desert guides, and a coup along the way. Original. 25,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

Janis Joplin

A journalist's intrepid endeavor to sell his used car abroad results in a high-spirited and revealing look at West Africa.

Look, there's my car, I say, pointing at my Mercedes in the parking lot.

Where? a fellow desert traveler asks.

There, that Mercedes, I say.

He looks at me, questioning. You want to drive that through the Sahara?

Jeroen van Bergeijk came up with what seemed like a great scheme for making a quick profit: buy a clunker of a car in his native Amsterdam and resell it in the Third World, where a market even for jalopies still thrives. His chariot of choice is a rusted-out 1988 Mercedes 190D with 220,000 kilometers on its odometer; his route will take him from Holland through Morocco, across the Sahara, and into some of the least trodden parts of Africa.

My Mercedes Is Not for Sale is a rollicking tale of an innocent abroad. The

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