aOh Lord, wonat you buy me a Mercedes Benz?a aJanis Joplin A journalistas intrepid endeavor to sell his used car abroad results in a high-spirited and revealing look at West Africa. aLook, thereas my car, a I say, pointing at my Mercedes in the parking lot. aWhere?a a fellow desert traveler asks. aThere, that Mercedes, a I say. He looks at me, questioning. aYou want to drive that through the Sahara?a 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 banditryamostly by the border guardsaand 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 womenas nylons. Then thereas the coup he survived. My Mercedes Is Not for Sale captures more than the adventureait 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 manas burden really a used car?My Mercedes Is Not for Sale captures more than the adventureait 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 manas burden ...
|Title||:||My Mercedes is Not for Sale|
|Author||:||Jeroen Van Bergeijk|
|Publisher||:||Broadway Books - 2008-07-15|