Misadventure in the Middle East: Travels as Tramp, Artist & Spy
Misadventure in the Middle East Travels as Tramp Artist Spy Author:Henry Hemming An extraordinary and highly original account of one man's amazing journey. A young British artist spends a year traveling thoughout the Middle East, from the drug-fuelled ski slopes of Iran via secret beaches, palaces, police cells, nightclubs, torture chambers, brothels and studios. Young people reveal an unpredictable Middle East to him that c... more »hallenges the nightly news. And as the invasion of Iraq intensifies, Hemming must go up to Baghdad--but the trip could cost him his life.« less
Quite the adventure! The strongest point in the book comes near the end when he hears mention of "The Islamic (Arab) World" repeatedly after the Iraq invasion, thinking (paraphrased) "I kept having to making cultural adjustments with every new country - each was so different!" Hemming expresses himself well and is clearly dedicated to "making art" (the term he uses). He clearly has a very bright future ahead.
I'm witholding the fifth star as the book didn't flow well for me. The artists spent a chunk of time in Iran, where I felt the story bogged down a bit; I put it aside and came back later.