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Immersed in West Africa is a non-fiction travel book written by Terry Lister. From his earliest days, travel was in the author’s blood. Both his mom and dad were seasoned travelers, and, while he was born on a small island, Bermuda, Lister’s imagination was captured by the early geography primers he was exposed to in school. He was especially moved by the stories about Africa, the place where his ancestors hailed from. His decision to go to Toronto to attend university and subsequent sense of wonder and excitement as he gazed down at the world passing underneath his plane sharpened his determination to become a traveler.
And while he traveled during his years as an accountant and a realtor, he decided, after retirement, that the time had come for him to pursue the career that had long fired his imagination -- he would become a traveler. During a three year period, he went to every country in Central and South America save one. In 2017 he began his journeys to Africa, completing his seventh trip in December 2019. A vast continent, Lister quickly realized that he could only do justice to one part of Africa for his first visit there. He decided to focus on Western Africa, the road less traveled by tourists and tourism. Lister’s trip turned out to be everything he had hoped for and much more.
Immersed in West Africa is a dream to read. Along the way, the reader experiences vicariously the author’s experiences traveling throughout West Africa. Lister is the consummate guide for this journey. His stories and anecdotes are fresh and original, and the photography which appears throughout the book is stunning. Each picture is perfectly exposed and lit, revealing the beauty, culture, and history of the places he visited. As I settled in to read this most impressive travelogue, I was impressed by how much fun reading it actually was. Lister’s writing style is fluent and conversational, and his stories are endlessly entertaining. Whether you’re an armchair adventurer or someone seriously considering a trip to Africa, Lister’s guide is a perfect place to start your journey. Immersed in West Africa is most highly recommended.