Monday, January 23, 2012

The Sheltering Desert


I just read this book for fun. I would say I have unique tastes in literature, but I loved this. Written by a German geologist in hiding during WW II, it combines descriptions of the Namib desert, the wildlife that inhabit it, and philosophy about the nature of humanity in a non-cheesy way. Pure escapism, and I could've kept reading for about 300 pages, easily. I was sad when it was over. I hope someday I can go visit the Namib and see the landscape and the shelters that Henno Martin and Hermann Korn built over their two and a half years in hiding in the desert.

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