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For using salt to de-ice surfaces, see magnesium chloride. Salt evaporation pond and saltern. The Wheels of Commerce. Civilisation and Capitalism 15th—18th Century. The Perspective of the World. Economic History of Ethiopia. Haile Selassie I University. Jun 30, Nicolle rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book has an intriguing title which doesn't give any clues to what the book is going to be about which is why I entered for it on Goodreads First Reads, and when I won and it arrived I saw the cover and I just knew it was going to be a good book.

The cover gives the impression of the east, which is where the majority of the book is set. The book starts off by introducing the character Isabelle and her life so far, it is written well and we get to know the traits that Izzy has, and that the This book has an intriguing title which doesn't give any clues to what the book is going to be about which is why I entered for it on Goodreads First Reads, and when I won and it arrived I saw the cover and I just knew it was going to be a good book. The book starts off by introducing the character Isabelle and her life so far, it is written well and we get to know the traits that Izzy has, and that there may also be some darkness in her past.

Isabelle is a character who I can relate to well, even though at times she can be a bit naive and selfish. The book switches between two stories which linked to each other at the end of the book. The first being the story of Isabelle which started at beginning, then the second was introduced cleverly by Isabelle having a dream. The story of Mariata and Amastan had to be my favourite of the two.

Mariata was annoying at times as she was slightly arrogant at first, but after moving villages, she lightened up. From the start of her relationship with Amastan I could tell that something terrible was going to happen. Tana -one of my favourite characters- warned Mariata many times about Amastan but she was just too head over heels. Once the scene of these two stories was set I was gripped to both of them I just couldn't read it fast enough! Isabelle and Mariata went through so many exciting and heart racing events, which I couldn't predict what was to come next like I can in so many books nowadays.

One of the things that I really couldn't predict was the ending, the connection between the two stories. The only visible connection was the amulet. I considered the two women being related, but I did not expect that! This book taught me a lot about the ethnic background of people in the east and the danger that people face, with corrupt governments ect.

It has enlightened me to the Islam religion which I didn't know much about before. Overall, this is now one of my favourite books and I award it five stars! I recommend it to anyone who loves to read and to people who are just curious about books, because once they read this one they will be hooked line and sinker!! The first chapter intrigued me a little, and I thought there would be a good mystery and maybe some action to the story, but as I read on I felt that the story dragged on with information that I did not think pertained to the story as a whole.

I found I could not connect with any of the characters, and felt myself p Originally posted on Cozy Up With A Good Read This was one book that I did not like at all, it came close to being a DNF but I hate spending time reading something to not finish it.

I found I could not connect with any of the characters, and felt myself pushing to finish the story, hoping that maybe the ending would make up for it which it didn't. The characters seemed a little one dimensional to me and I just couldn't find myself liking anything about them. And then the storyline of the book kept jumping back between Isabelle's story and Mariata's, but at times the one section was so long that I found myself forgetting what last happened in the other person's story.

There was one part of the story where Isabelle talks about her childhood, and the information came out of nowhere nothing led up to that scene. She then talks about a big event in her life, it is mentioned in two pages and never talked about again and something like this would have a bigger impact on a story. I found Mariata's story interesting and would have liked to have a little more of that throughout the novel.

I found the ending to be disappointing though, kind of like the author just needed to finish the story and that she needed to connect all the characters together. This book just could not keep my attention, I kept drifting away I think that's the reason I could barely remember what was happening with the two different stories. Maybe I'll think differently a few years from now It leads her on a journey to Morocco to find the amulet's origin and solve the mystery that her father eluded to in the note.

I had read Johnson's other book, The Tenth Gift and really enjoyed it, so I was really excited when I first heard about this one. However, this one took me a couple of tries before I got into it. The second time I persevered even though my interest waned periodically. All of that left me with mixed feelings.

On one hand, I loved the history in this story. Johnson gave vivid, gorgeous details about the area, the history and the people. That was enlightening and fantastic! However, the story didn't move along fast enough for me and a few of the details were bothersome. Like The Tenth Gift , this book is set in Morocco, a beautiful area with a rich history. The story involved and highlighted a injustice that plagues the Tuareg people.

While it was sad, yet fascinating, I felt that Johnson came on a little too strong at times. It bordered on preachy. This format was pretty good fit for the story.

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However, other than their common location, I had a hard time seeing any connections between the two stories. Eventually, a connection becomes apparent, but it's really late in the book and it's fairly simple. Maybe I read too many mysteries, because I was expecting a more complicated link.

I was also confused about time frame for the storyline set in the past. Because I didn't know about the Tuareg people and their "traditionally nomadic pastoralist lifestyle", I had assumed that those crossing the desert on foot for days and days and days or using camels as their main mode of transportation had done it a very long time ago. I was thinking a century or so ago. Because of this assumption, parts of the story didn't seem to fit and confused the hell out of me.

Now that I've finished the book, it makes more sense, but it didn't while I was reading. A couple of other things about the story bothered me. Of course, at times she couldn't contact her, but there were times that it seemed like she forgot about her entirely. To me, that seemed weird, inconsiderate, and not believable. Also, Izzy had the feeling that she didn't belong in her parents world, but once she got to Morocco, everything started to feel right.

I can understand that, however, Johnson's description of it felt a little wishy-washy and too romanticized for my tastes. The book contained some new-to-me words. I didn't bother listing the ones that were defined in the glossary. Once I found it, I referred to it often. I love learning new words, but having to look up so many annoyed me a little.

Johnson also included a list of "sources and bibliography" as well as other information which inspired this book. It was obvious that she'd done a tremendous amount of research. I've also read Johnson's The Tenth Gift my review and really enjoyed it. Even though I had a few problems with the story, I'd still recommend this book to others, who are looking for a story set in that part of the world.

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For more information about this book, please visit the Random House website. For more information about the author and her other books, please visit Jane Johnson's website. I'd like to thank those nice people at Random House for this review copy. ISBN Hardcover , p. This review can also be found on my blog, Daisy's Book Journal. Jan 29, Robin Hobb rated it it was amazing. This book does not want to be put into a single category. But if you must, you may file it under mystery, romance, adventure or travelogue.

To me, it's just a great double weave of two stories of two very different characters, set against the same backdrop. May 25, Gorana Gogach rated it really liked it. Jedna vrlo zanimljiva knjiga s divnim opisima Maroka: Jan 14, obsessedwithbooks rated it really liked it Shelves: That story involved the lives of two women living in two different time periods paralleling each other.

The story and Johnson's writing stayed in my mind; a woven tapestry that at the end was revealed its completion not its unraveling. I know I'm being overly dramatic here but I've never really come across another writer like Jane Johnson, with her exotic settings, evocative prose and dynamic female characters. Maybe I could call up a few authors that have storylines with similar elements but not the same way of threading together the stories and histories of the female characters. This time we are taken to the historical land of the desert Tuareg tribes and modern day Morocco.

At its heart, The Salt Road is about the strength of women, and further, is wonderfully insightful about the lives of the Tuareg people. The women in the novel, Mariata and Isabelle, overcome abuse and hardship and in the process find their true selves. There are also good and not so good surprises in store for both characters that keep the story suspenseful.

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Johnson portrays the Tuaregs as a fierce people fighting to preserve their traditions in an oppressive world. I recommend The Salt Road. Its focus on the lives of women reminded me other great novels with strong women within an historical context: I actually bought this novel for someone else, who couldn't get hold of it in the States. It's not something I would have bought from a store normally.

But I was intrigued both by the idea of the story and the author's history. I am primarily a sci fi and fantasy reader although I love a good historical like Dunnett or Erskine. I found the opening pretty slow. I wasn't even sure I liked it, but the skill of the author shows in the gradual build up throughout the novel. I I actually bought this novel for someone else, who couldn't get hold of it in the States. Isabelle, who is the main character, isn't immediately likeable in that she 'appears' a tad stand offish and perhaps that was my problem in the beginning, that I didn't immediately identify with her.

There are reasons, naturally, why Isabelle is like she is and these unfold through her story, told in first person, and Mariata's story, told in third. So we have a dual timeline running throughout. We begin in the 'real world' of Isabelle and her examining the contents of a box her father has left her. Inside is an amulet, and the adventure of its history is both Isabelle and mariata's story. I adored learning about the Tuareg and could only imagine the hardship of crossing a desert.

Not something I would want to do but seen through others eyes, absolutely fascinating. This is definitely both with a bit of history thrown in. I am not giving away any spoilers, but definitely go read. I guess I had better get this off to its true owner now. Mar 09, Deanna rated it it was amazing. A wonderfully told story. The story moves back and forth between two strong women, from very different worlds. Izzy, now Isabelle is a powerful lawyer on the fast track, with many secrets in her past.

The author has made it clear why Isabelle's relationship with her mother was so strained but the reader is unaware of the unhappiness she experienced due to her father until almost the very end of the book. Upon his death, he leaves her something from his travels that he promises will change her wo A wonderfully told story. Upon his death, he leaves her something from his travels that he promises will change her world, an artifact from his archaeologist's days. The second tale revolves around Mariata, a member of a nomadic desert tribe.

Her story is much more powerful than that of Isabelle's. She is a member of the Tuareg tribe and faces many, many hardships and cruelties during her life. Initially I thought that the Elizabeth's story was happening today and Mariata's story centuries ago. Sadly, life hasn't changed much for women in Morroco.

Mariata's story actually occurs only about year prior to Isabelle's. I didn't realize this until the last stage of the novel. I wonder if I had realized it early, would I have interpreted the novel differently?

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