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TIMBUCTOO (English Edition) par [Shah, Tahir]
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TAHIR SHAH S TIMBUCTOO has arrived with eerie, serendipitous, timing. In the months leading up to its publication, a coup d etat and ensuing power vacuum in the West African nation of Mali has resulted in extremists taking over the country s northern region (where Timbuktu is located). Islamic militants, said to be affiliated with al-Qaeda, and who have piggy-backed on a long-running Tuareg rebellion, have since been busy consolidating their Taliban-style rule. Although the larger episode has received little coverage from Western news organizations, famous for turning a blind eye to African affairs, the most recent twists in the Malian plot have managed to focus the world s attention, if only for a brief moment, on a forlorn corner of the world which Shah reminds us was once the obsession of Europe. --The Los Angeles Review of Books

An opulent, large-format edition, printed in Hong Kong, this curious and original book has evaded the usual censorship imposed by Anglo-American publishers. Shah has organised the whole endeavour himself, following in the self-publishing footsteps of fellow British-Asian author Timothy Mo. His book manages to be politically incorrect in a subtle, decorous and wry manner. The moral is that the English were and are unwashed, cruel, duplicitous, imperialist barbarians. If you want an unmediated account of what some liberal, Western-educated Muslims really think of our unjust, decrepit, corrupt society, then read this amusing, entertainingly uncomfortable book. --The Independent

Présentation de l'éditeur

Being a Singular and Most Animated Account of an Illiterate American Sailor, Taken as a Slave in the Great Zahara and, after Trials and Tribulations Aplenty, Reaching London Where He Narrated His Tale.

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For centuries, the greatest explorers of their age were dispatched from the power-houses of Europe — London, Paris and Berlin — on a quest unlike any other: To be the first white Christian to visit, and then to sack, the fabled metropolis of Timbuctoo.

Most of them never returned alive.

At the height of the Timbuctoo Mania, two hundred years ago, it was widely believed that the elusive Saharan city was fashioned in entirety from the purest gold — everything from the buildings to the cobble-stones, from the buckets to the bedsteads were said to be made from it.

One winter night in 1815, a young illiterate American seaman named Robert Adams was discovered half-naked and starving on the snow-bound streets of London. His skin seared from years in the African desert, he claimed to have been a guest of the King of Timbuctoo.

At a time when anything American was less than popular, the loss of the colony still fresh in British minds, the thought of an American claiming anything — let alone the greatest prize in exploration — was abhorrent in the extreme.

Closing ranks against their unwelcome American guest, the British Establishment lampooned his tale, and began a campaign of discrediting him, one that continues even today.

An astonishing tale based on true-life endurance, Timbuctoo brilliantly recreates the obsessions of the time, as a backdrop for one of the greatest love stories ever told.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 544 pages
  • Editeur : Secretum Mundi Publishing (21 juin 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B008DX4DB8
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Comment on attire des capitaux en inventant un pays merveilleux.
L'"or " de TImbuctoo : le marché aux esclaves.
Est-ce une histoire inventée ou bien Tahir Shah est-il parti d'un ancien document relatant un histoire vécue?
Accessible sur tablette meme à ceux qui ne maitrisent pas l'anlais très bien: Le dictionnaire est tout proche sur une tablette.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Exceptional in every aspect 15 juillet 2013
Par Steve Diput - Publié sur
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Exceptional in every aspect, starting with selecting the subject and then presenting it. But what is exceptional for others, I just realized, is actually to be expected from Tahir Shah, considering how remarkable his other books are; and also other aspects of his life, his travels to places rarely visited by Westerners, his moving from London to Casablanca and restoring a historical mansion, his other activities, all accessible on his web page and described in his other books.

The same can be said about the life and writings of other members of this eminent family who have brought us so much knowledge of important things to be found in places usually unsuspected in the West because we ordinarily think that anything worth knowing must come from our own cultural area. And if we ever got anything else from other places, it was long time ago and now we are the best. Shah demonstrates aspects of cultural exchanges and synthesis.

To be a little more specific but without giving away details which might spoil the pleasure of reading this or other of his books, let us just say that in spite of being well-traveled and a well educated in the area of social sciences, I knew very little about most things presented here not only about the old Africa but also many aspects of life in England at that time. And then there are abundant and subtle observations about human nature in general, both in weakness and strengths which we normally are blind about.

If you want to be captivated and also to learn, also about yourself, it is the book for you.

Also, this is the limited edition, beautiful in every aspect, including many old maps, demonstrating what the most educated people thought about the world at that time. (BTW such maps are also included in Shah's "Scorpion Soup").

And there is a web site for this book ([...] offering - inter alia - a challenge to break the Timbuctoo Code and locate the Treasure. So far, the solution eluded me - I must be more mechanical in my thinking than I am ready to admit to myself and to change. But that looks like a life-long quest in which this book certainly assists.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I love this book! 27 juin 2012
Par Paul Berglund - Publié sur
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I love this book! Timbuctoo is, for me, a richly rewarding virtual time-
travel voyage into the Regency Period (during the time of the "madness of
King George"). Full of love, greed, loyalty, betrayal, redemption,and so
many other of the finest and the worst of human qualities and
characteristics, Timbuctoo has at its core the story of a great and true
love, sustaining all, through an amazing adventure.

The author's writing style bursts with vitality, and the pages are
loaded with fascinating historical and cultural detail, which in
no way impedes the flow of the 'can't-put-it-down' quality of the story.

The characters in the book are many and diverse, from the sublime
to the ridiculous, and most everything in between, marvelously
filled out and brought to life in the many stories-within-stories
in the tale. From the dregs of human degeneracy to the devotion
of steadfast love, the many players tell their stories here.

The author has managed a writing style where there is a sense
of old-time prose, and yet it flows with great energy and

From beginning to end I thoroughly enjoyed reading Timbuctoo on Kindle,
and I can't wait to get my copy of the hard cover book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 TIMBUCTOO: surrealistic and yet utterly real! 25 juin 2012
Par André de Koning - Publié sur
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This book is very different from Shah's other works in the sense that it is a novel, based on historical fact. Yet, like his other books, reality is described in a way that is surreal.
At times we say how reality is more extreme than our wildest imagination can portray and that is exactly the case here.
Shah's book is an adventure that is full of facts, with layered stories and minute descriptions that are wonderful, full of life and love for truth.
Who would have ever thought that there were white slaves in the early 19th century in this part of the world? Who really understood the effects of the Regency period, i.e. the ruler being a Mad King and the Prince Regent portrayed with an eye for such detail?
There is an underlying love story which demonstrates not only a romantic relationship, but which is also a story on a steadfast love of truth.
This quest for truth stands out amidst the other truths. There are descriptions of the cruelty of which human beings are capable, as long as they believe in their own petty truth. These are, of course, as much relevant in today's world and give a new, historical perspective, enabling us to look at ourselves slightly differently in the modern world.
Shah has obviously done a lot of research into the reality of those days of the Regency period. This enhances the quality of the portrayal of that world, making it easier to enter and take part in.
This is a must-read, original book that will be hard to put down (in the literal and figurative sense of the word). Wonderful!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 passionate moral intelligence and sharp swiftian satire 26 août 2012
Par brook - Publié sur
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Tahir Shah's book is an absorbing tale that has just raised the bar for all novelists plugging away in the trenches of historical fiction. Shah has always had remarkable powers of observation;powers that he honed as an apprentice to an indian "magician"cum freemason as related in Shah's earlier book Sorceror's apprentice . Shah uses his uncanny ability to make elaborately detailed descriptions, and he puts it at the service of an equally elaborate and detailed imagination. Like a method actor, Shah is able to recreate sense memories in his audience in a hypnotic way that helps to bring the Regency era with all of its contradictions, tragedies, and hypocrisies to life. Every detail, whether it is the proper way for a hangman to make a noose, the menu at the Prince Regent's table, the smell of the hold of prison ship, or the way in which a baliff takes a 'gentleman' to Marshalsea prison helps to work as not only fascinating fiction but also history, sociology-and with Africa thrown into the mix-anthropology. If the "past is another country" then Shah has given us a gilt embossed passport to the Regency era. In addition to his skills as a craftsman, Shah brings a swiftian sense of outrage to the spectacle of human cruelty or indifference whether it is exhibited by a corpulent, daffy and murderous king in Timbuctoo or by an equally corpulent, dotty, and casually cruel Prince Regent of Great Britain. Shah's deft hand with savage satire is fully the equal of Evelyn Waugh, but unlike Waugh- and strangely enough for a man whose last name means "king"- Shah is a true democrat who judges his characters by the "content of their characters' rather than whether or not they properly know how to tie a cravat like a gentleman. It is rare to find a current writer with true moral intelligence, and I was reading the novel I was reminded of Conrad who managed to escape both Victorian humbug and "modern" nihilistic indifference. Shah instead of clinging to a cheap and cliched cynicism chooses to remain outraged at human cruelty and self absorbtion. I predict that one day this novel will be recognized as a classic. As an american, I would also add that the novel is virually a love letter to America which is rare indeed in today's world.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Page-turner of a book, but cardboard characters 15 août 2013
Par Gordon Bruce Smith - Publié sur
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For Westerners today, Timbuktu is simply a synonym for a very remote and insignificant place, which happens to be a dusty town in Mali, on the south side of the Sahara, which only gets in the news when a tourist is kidnapped or the Malian army and Islamist insurgents get into a shooting match. But once there was a time when Timbuktu was a fabled, mysterious place deep in Africa, renowned in the minds of Westerners for its supposed vast golden wealth. This book, which uses the old spelling of the city's name, Timbuctoo, is about that earlier era and about the greed and the grand frauds it gave rise to in Europe.

According to the author, his book is based on an actual historical account from the early 19th century written by a white American sailor who spent time there as a slave after being shipwrecked on the African coast. This becomes the foundation for a historical novel that is based very loosely indeed on the original story. The author is a good enough story-teller to keep you turning the pages until the end, which is no mean feat. But he's not good enough to convince you that the plot makes much sense, or that his characters are anything but cardboard cutouts. The main protagonist, for example, an illiterate sailor, is nonetheless chaste, capable of superhuman feats of endurance, fearless in the face of authority, a wise analyst of comparative political systems, and of course unfailingly and superbly eloquent far beyond the abilities of his aristocratic English hosts. The book places a lot of demands on your powers of suspension of disbelief.
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