Motoring with Mohammed is a travel book written by Eric Hansen. The book is about the author’s journey to Yemen and the Red Sea in 1978. The author found himself shipwrecked on a desert island in the Red Sea, and when goat smugglers offered him safe passage to Yemen, he buried seven years’ worth of travel journals deep in the sand and took his place alongside the animals on a leaky boat bound for a country that he’d never planned to visit.
The book provides an insight into Yemeni society and culture, which most people will never experience firsthand. It highlights the challenges faced by travelers in Yemen, including red-taping obstacles and the almost mandatory khat sittings. The book also sheds light on the geopolitical situation in Yemen, which has been characterized by years of unrest and famine.
The main themes of the book are adventure, travel, culture, and history. The author takes readers on a journey through Yemen, showcasing its fascinating history and abundance of historic relics. The book also explores the Arabic mystery that Yemen embodies.
Useful takeaways from the book include an understanding of Yemeni society and culture, the challenges faced by travelers in Yemen, and the geopolitical situation in Yemen. The book also provides insights into the history and culture of Yemen, making it a must-read for anyone interested in Middle Eastern history and culture.
What I Liked
It’s an interesting travel book to a non popular region.
What I Did Not Like
It’s a bit forgettable.