Hannah and Sarah, at an archaeological dig in the Egyptian desert, escape from a terrorist attack, but are stranded They are rescued by a group of Tuareg who they join, expecting to be taken to Siwa Instead they find themselves trekking across the Sahara, westwards from Egypt into Libya, ending up at a Libyan oilfield Sarah, tired of the emptiness of the desert, and frustrated at the lack of progress in getting back to England, causes problems with the workmen Hannah, terrified, flees into the desert again, alone But she loses herself in its expanse She is desperately trying to find her way back to the now invisible oilfield when a small band of Tuareg find her The repercussions of Sarah s folly mean that they will not take her back Instead they take her on with them into Algeria, to their village She rides with Issoufi but although she finds herself gradually falling for him, is not sure of his feelings She cannot stay, and the Tuareg know that Issoufi is inveigled into taking her on to Morocco, until she has crossed the whole Sahara, on foor or on camels, a journey of months And not until they have reached Morocco and are on the point of separating does Issoufi reveal his feelings But she does not hear from him again Two years later she is in Syria covering the unrest in the Middle East with the team of reporters she works with, and they are seeking to interview the Hizbollah She does not expect what she is about to find The story of an epic journey, the story of a desert and the way it enters the soul, the story of culture clash, of unrest and civil war, a story of love reaching across the divide


2 thoughts on “Pitiless Land

  1. Wytzia Raspe Wytzia Raspe says:

    Hannah is working on a dig in Egypt when one day the group of archaeologists and cameramen are abducted and she and a friend by luck are left unharmed because they got stuck in a sandstorm and did not make it home before the attack Saved by a group of Tuareg in the end Hannah has to cross the whole Sahara desert to be able to get home.The book is an epic and timeless story of nomads and desert crossing.At the end someone is found in an unexpected place and somehow that is never really explained Hannah is working on a dig in Egypt when one day the group of archaeologists and cameramen are abducted and she and a friend by luck are left unharmed because they got stuck in a sandstorm and did not make it home before the attack Saved by a group of Tuareg in the end Hannah has to cross the whole Sahara desert to be able to get home.The book is an epic and timeless story of nomads and desert crossing.At the end someone is found in an unexpected place and somehow that is never really explained The same why moving away is then not a trouble anyI also wondered how a Tuareg dress found it s way there.All in all aserous book then another one of the same writer That wasa love story while this wasabout travel and survival.Good book