Eating the Flowers of Paradise: One Man's Journey Through Ethiopia and Yemen

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Palgrave Macmillan, May 30, 2000 - Social Science - 336 pages
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Lured by idyllic memories of ancient cities, spectacular mountains and, most of all, dreamy afternoons spent chewing the psychoactive leaves of the Qat tree, Kevin Rushby set out to travel from the highlands of Ethiopia to Yemen. It was a fascinating and dangerous journey, peopled with an extraordinary array of characters -- criminals, Islamic scholars, an exorcist, and Cedric the travelling companion from hell. Eating the Flowers of Paradise combines classic travel writing with an explanation of the rich and varied culture surrounding the drug qat. Legal in the U.K. but banned in the U.S., experts variously claim to be as mild as tea or as addictive as cocaine. In the Yemen, it is central to the life of the country, and, as he goes, Rushby explores our attitudes towards substance abuse and addiction.

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User Review  - Heather Dn - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Christopher - Goodreads

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. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Kevin Rushby is the author of "Eating the Flowers of Paradise," He lives in England with his wife and children.

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