My Mercedes is Not for Sale

My Mercedes is Not for Sale

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a€œOh Lord, wona€™t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?a€ a€”Janis Joplin A journalista€™s intrepid endeavor to sell his used car abroad results in a high-spirited and revealing look at West Africa. a€œLook, therea€™s my car, a€ I say, pointing at my Mercedes in the parking lot. a€œWhere?a€ a fellow desert traveler asks. a€œThere, that Mercedes, a€ I say. He looks at me, questioning. a€œYou want to drive that through the Sahara?a€ Jeroen van Bergeijk came up with what seemed like a great scheme for making a quick profit: buy a clunker of a car in his native Amsterdam and resell it in the Third World, where a market even for jalopies still thrives. His chariot of choice is a rusted-out 1988 Mercedes 190D with 220, 000 kilometers on its odometer; his route will take him from Holland through Morocco, across the Sahara, and into some of the least trodden parts of Africa. My Mercedes Is Not for Sale is a rollicking tale of an innocent abroad. The author finds himself facing a driving challenge akin to the Dakar Rally but encounters obstacles never dreamed of by race-car drivers: active minefields, occasional banditrya€”mostly by the border guardsa€”and a teenage, chain-smoking desert guide with a fondness for Tupac lyrics. Food and water are scarce, sandstorms are frequent, and all he has to patch up his many car breakdowns thousands of miles from civilization is a bar of soap, some duct tape, and a pair of womena€™s nylons. Then therea€™s the coup he survived. My Mercedes Is Not for Sale captures more than the adventurea€”it vividly portrays the impact of globalization on Africa through a surprise-filled journey into its thriving car culture, while asking the question: is the white mana€™s burden really a used car?... ita#39;s a wheel! It skips over the road: boing . . . boing . . . boing. ... The wheel has broken off the axle; half the front end is smashed. In the West ... Ita#39;s the countrya#39;s largest automotive repair centera€”many say the largest in all West Africa. Here, in anbsp;...

Title:My Mercedes is Not for Sale
Author:Jeroen Van Bergeijk
Publisher:Broadway Books - 2008-07-15


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