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Sufferings in Africa: The Astonishing Account of a New England Sea Captain Enslaved by North African Arabs [Paperback]

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Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 20, 2006
Publisher   The Lyons Press
ISBN  1599212110  
EAN  9781599212111  

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Sufferings in Africa: The Astonishing Account of a New England Sea Captain Enslaved by North African Arabs by James Riley

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A Truly Moving Story  Aug 24, 2007
I found out about Captain James Riley's story one night when I was watching the history channel. I was so moved by the documentary about Captain Riley's story that I wanted actually read it for myself. I chose this book since it is simply Captain James Riley's words of what happened. He uses extremely descriptive language in laying out the situations he and his crew experienced throughout their ordeal of being stranding and later sold into slavery in West and North Africa. He spares no detail in the account, and it is truly a blessing that he and some of his crew survived. I found myself hoping for his success as I read, even though I knew how the story would end. I found myself wondering if I would have survived such an ordeal. This was possible by simply reading Cpt. Riley's account without additional things thrown in. After reading this I gave it to my mother I was so moved. It would have been nice if there were some maps included to give the reader and idea of where exactly the events took place, but never the less an awe inspiring book.
Desperate Saharan survival despite horribly tortuous treatment  May 21, 2007
The author of the book, Captain James Riley, bravely wrote and acknowledged his role in his ship's disaster of wrecking off the North African coast back in 1815. This is an incredible tale of survival under the most brutal and pain-racking conditions one can imagine. The American brig, Commerce, hit a storm off the North African coast and was wrecked. The crew manages to reach the beach in their boats and collapse with exhaustion. However, the wreck and chance of plunder attracts an Arab nomad band to the scene. It is at this point that the captain and crew get a taste of the welcome they that will be met with from natives who are as merciless and unforgiving as the Sahara desert they live in.

Although they manage to avoid capture and probable execution on their first encounter with the Arab nomads, the second encounter finds them starved, hopeless, and without water for several days running. So, they are enslaved and stripped naked by their captors. Their skin sizzles and blisters horribly under the ferocious Saharan sun while they walk barefooted and bloody over the sharp, rocky desert floor for many days - each day weaker with the spark of life slowly ebbing from their eyes. Then their band encounters their personal savior, Abdallah, who is an Arab merchant crossing the Sahara along with his brother. He buys the captain and most of the crew at Riley's repeated emotional entreaties, planning to sell them back to the English consul, Mr. Willshire, in far away Mogadore (for a profit, of course).

Yet despite their new master and his profit motive, their continued survival is highly tentative as starvation, thirst, fatigue, continual danger of brigands, and even Abdallah's own brother conspire to steal these forsaken, hapless captives. And even though Riley must have suffered immeasurably he still managed to sear his inconceivable experiences into his memory and learned to speak some Arabic as well. Their thirst was often so remorseless that they routinely drank camel urine and subsisted on the most meager food imaginable.

This is a remarkable true story and one which vividly portrays the unspeakable sufferings by the unprepared and unwary stranded in the deserts of North Africa. Read the book, skip the visit!
Sufferings in Africa....  May 7, 2007
Being an ardent reader of autobiographical accounts of travel and the tribulations encountered, I found this to be a fascinating and horrifying memoir about an infrequently described area of Africa some two centuries ago. However, at the outset, mention is made of drawings and maps - none of which are included. A shame !
Take Another Look at Slavery  Apr 2, 2007
I read this book with great interest and pleasure as James Riley is an ancestor of mine. Makes a great family gift. Those who enjoy historical reading will certainly enjoy this.
Sufferings in Africa  Jan 28, 2007
It was amazing how the author could retain the readers interest in such a monotonous environment. Captain Riley never lost his faith in God and in the end it shows how God works in mysterious ways and never abandons those who trust in Him. An incredible story.!!!

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