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Eating the Flowers of Paradise A very interesting book with many funny moments He comes across as really being interested in the people of the countries he visited and affords the reader some understanding of very complex peoples Makes you re think your ideas of drug taking and culture. I picked up this book after reading another of Kevin Rushby s books, and noticing this title sounded interesting It is a chronicle of a trip that Rushby took through northeaast Africa, and focuses on the use of qat, a mild drug that is chewed from leaves and is mostly used socially It as interesting reading, but like the other book of his I read, seemed kind of meandering He didn t really seem to have a point or goal, but just floated around noticing things until the book ended. I m a big fan of the travelogue scattered with historical information, but I found this account sort of annoying in places Kevin Rushby is obsessed with khat, the exotic, and accounts of swashbuckling adventure travelers That said, he brings up interesting historical anecdotes and the style reminds me a bit of Peter Hessler s books on China. Eating the Flowers of Paradise One Man s Journey Through Ethiopia and Yemen by Kevin Rushby 2000 close an englishman follows the route of coffee and quat from ethiopia to yemen spends a lot of time with quat chewers a mild psychotropic drug and comments on the local culture. Very funny account of all things Qat also known as Khat or Chat related Worth reading if you ve ever traveled among Qat chewing peoples. It was a later book by Kevin Rushby Hunting Pirate Heaven that lead me to this one his 1998 tale of a pilgrimage from Ethiopia to Yemen in search of the perfect experience of the narcotic leaf known as qat or chat and numerous other names.Rushby enjoyed the social side of qat as much as the effects of the leaf itself, which varied depending on the quality of the raw leaf being chewed.Of course, this is just an excuse a selling point if you like, for what is an adventurous journey ove It was a later book by Kevin Rushby Hunting Pirate Heaven that lead me to this one his 1998 tale of a pilgrimage from Ethiopia to Yemen in search of the perfect experience of the narcotic leaf known as qat or chat and numerous other names.Rushby enjoyed the social side of qat as much as the effects of the leaf itself, which varied depending on the quality of the raw leaf being chewed.Of course, this is just an excuse a selling point if you like, for what is an adventurous journey over land and sea on foot, by automobile and Arab dhow, courting death and disasterfrequently than you would expect from an experienced traveller.Rushby had lived in the Yemeni capital of San a previously, so it s not that he didn t know what to expect, in particular from the xenophobic authorities who might not be so happy about some of the other countries whose stamps decorated his passport.The descriptions of seedy cities, near deserted hamlets and even lost valleys that could be mistaken for Paradise except for those compelled to live there are wonderfully evocative, making you either long to go there or glad you ve been spared the opportunity The characters that populate these spaces and places are a colourful mixture of qat chewers and abstainers, some who fondly remember colonial or communist days, some who long for capitalism and some who lean towards fundamentalism.It s a strange journey, coloured by qat induced dreams and enlivened with humour as well as moments of personal danger for the author.My verdict Forget the pirates Eating the Flowers of Paradise is definitely the preferable journey.Review by Kerry HenniganDec 3, 2013 Ethiopia In Eastern Africa And Yemen On The Arabian Peninsula Remain Two Of The Most Inviting Outposts For Travelers Seeking The Exotic In These Two Places, Qat Is Just One Name Given To A Green Leafy Plant That Is Cultivated There When Chewed, The Leaves Of This Plant Release Two Substances That Produce A Hypnotic, Reverential High, Distinctive In The Thoughtful State It Induces Kevin Rushby Discovered That The Use Of Qat Is A Way Of Life Since It Plays A Pivotal Role In All Facets Of The Culture Influencing Everything From Architecture To Television Schedules


About the Author: Kevin Rushby

After I finished University Newcastle in 1982 I bought a one way ticket to Cairo and set off travelling Never having been abroad before I was understandably shocked on arrival in Cairo Walking out the airport at 2 a.m looking for a bus no money for a taxi I saw a line of people sleeping under their white sheets and joined them Having built up a bitcourage later I ended up travelling After I finished University Newcastle in 1982 I bought a one way ticket to Cairo and set off travelling Never having been abroad before I was understandably shocked on arrival in Cairo Walking out the airport at 2 a.m looking for a bus no money for a taxi I saw a line of people sleeping under their white sheets and joined them Having built up a bitcourage later I ended up travelling through Egypt, Sudan, Central African Republic, Uganda and Kenya Several months later I was back in Sudan as an English teacher, first in Darfur, later in the south The latter was a particularly intense experience Yambio, the small town in Western Equatoria, was cut off by the civil war for much of the time and I was alone, the only foreigner most of the time I did vast bicycle rides, journeying deep into Zaire, visiting only remote areas as I had no paperwork or visa There was no electricity, no running water, no post, no telephone When I came to write Paradise published May 2006 I often thought of that time it seemed like an experiment in living even then To jump out of one s own world into another, one that offered the most extreme version of the rural retreat ever.Eventually the isolation was too much I went to Kenya, then back to England to study education for a year and in Madrid for some months , then to Yemen and Malaysia It was in Kuala Lumpur that I started writing professionally, working for newspapers and magazines all across the Far East and South East Asia Eventually, I went back to Yemen but the country fell apart in the Civil War of 1994 and I was back living in England for the first time in 12 years Since then I ve written books and articles, done some television, ratherradio Articles for the Guardian can be found on their website I m now working on some book ideas to follow up Paradise


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