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The Gambia: The Smiling Coast by Terry Lister introduces the reader to the West African nation. Terry retired as an MP in Bermuda but continued his international travel. As he journeys, he writes about the various countries he visits. The writing and descriptions are superb. The reader will thrill with Terry as he faces crocodiles roaming freely on his chosen path. One can almost smell the odors and hear the clamor of the Serrekunda market. Not only will you enjoy the travelogue, but you will also learn about the country's history. The slave trade was a significant part of the development of the country. In 1884, European nations held a conference where they divided the African continent, leaving colonies (which later became independent countries) with artificial and sometimes strange boundaries.
Do you enjoy learning about different countries and cultures? Do you enjoy travel? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then The Gambia: The Smiling Coast by Terry Lister is the book for you. The Gambia (the official name is the Republic of The Gambia) has a fantastic diversity of flora and fauna. For example, in Bijilo Forest Park, there are over one hundred types of animal species. Visitors have the scary but amazing opportunity to pet the crocodiles while they walk among the various animals: green vervet monkeys, hornbills, western red colobus monkeys, and monitor lizards. Not only does the country have unusual animals and plants, but it also has many historic and culturally significant buildings. For example, the King Fahad Mosque plays a significant role in the country's Muslim population. This book could be ten times as long, but it would still keep your interest. The inclusion of photographs would be a welcome addition.