Desert Songs- Book Review

First written by Molta and 0 others, on Wed, 2009/05/06 - 11:52am, and has been viewed by 1550 unique users

Desert Songs by Arita Baaijens, the once environmentalist Danish writer, photographer, and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, offers a picturesque journey to the heart of the deserts in Egypt and Sudan, a unique endeavor of skillfully narrating a spiritual, inward rather than a descriptive analysis of how life in the desert looks, feels, and goes like, if you ever, like the author did, decided to give up city life and give yourself in to the cosmic void of the deserts.

Driven by uncontrollable desire to explore  the deserts in Egypt and
Sudan and what could life in this place could be carrying for her fate,
Baaijens came a long way from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, leaving
behind a successful and well-achieved career as an environmentalist, to
learn more about her own persona, embarking on a parallel journey of

The book, more of a personal diary of the writer's daily life in the
deserts, is not Baaijens’ only attempt at narrating her journeys to the
deserts, she has published many works, all telling her story of
self-exploration that went aligned with exploring the deserts, among
other places, their nomadic culture, geographic distinctiveness and
their many facet impacts upon her and her perception of life.

By the time the writer  decided to author and prepare for publication
Desert Songs, Arita had already spent some twenty years in the Egyptian

In well a organized pattern, the author takes you on many journeys and
adventures through the desert, sharing her most personal reflections
and inner thinking during the time she roamed from one plateau to
another in the spacious deserts, unfolding one chapter after the other
in her her own journey of pursuit to know more about her life as she
explores what life in the deserts is or would feel like.

You wouldn’t really feel the transition from one chapter to the other,
smoothly and accurately woven into one book that is more of a photo
gallery that also includes many illustrative sketches depicting the
very same of what the text intends to deliver…

With quality images that compete with the beauty of her well-chosen
words, Arita offers in her book not just a picturesque description of
the desert, its nomad dwellers, and the life-enhancing impact of all
that on her, she also provides a considerable amount of knowledge of
the geography of that section on earth, its history, and a brief
biography of those who took off on similar journeys to explore it.

Reaching the end of the book, you feel justifiably buoyant and
enthralled by her experience, very much cajoled to embark on a similar
journey on the beautiful canyons of the Egyptian deserts, for a mission
to explore yourself as much as its to explore the desert itself,
without the least expectation of what this will take you through or
bring to your life- the very same message Arita intended to communicate
through her book, i.e. how the entirety of her perception of all life
matters swung as a result of her desert adventures…


what about adding a sample photo from the book or the book' cover photo? to add some clorors to the article...

some infos about where to get the book or price for example?

like it :)


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