Oct 19

Durch die Wüste

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Durch die Wüste, by Karl May ★★★★★

Durch die Wüste means “Through the Desert”, and is the first of many adventure novels published by Karl May, written at the end of the 19th century. It is an adventure story along the lines of Indiana Jones, and probably served as the model for Indiana Jones and other similar movies. The adventurer, Kara ben Nemsi travels from the North Saharan desert across Egypt, to Mecca, and ends with him preparing to enter Kurdistan, thus the sequel is Durch Wilde Kurdistan. I read the book in order to better understand German, and it was great at being about 98% understandable, with only a few parts completely passing me by. I’ll probably continue the novels, but the read is rather slow. It took me about 3-4 months to get through this book, and was read on my Kindle. The book is highly recommended for those learning German.


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2 Responses to “Durch die Wüste”

  1. Onkel Dennis says:

    I can’t prove this but I am fairly sure that the inspiration for the Indiana Jones movies was the earlier Allan Quatermain movie series. He has the same hat, same bull whip, and goes on the same kind of archaeological adventures. These movies are around and even on CD. As I recall, they are circa late 1950s.

    Maybe these books were the inspiration for the Quatermain movies.

  2. Andrew says:

    I’d never heard of Karl May… Sounds like a fasincating story! It’s interesting, there’s an organization/company that’s seeking to translate his works into English: http://www.nemsi-books.com/PubCompany/

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