Glory in a Camel’s Eye by Jeffrey Tayler

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  • Title: Glory in a Camel’s Eye
  • Author: Jeffrey Tayler
  • Category: Travel
  • Date: August 2013
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 9780544277311

 

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Hailed by Bill Bryson and the New York Times Book Review as an rising grasp of journey writing, Tayler penetrates probably the most forbidding areas on Earth. Journeying alongside routes little altered for the reason that Middle Ages, he makes use of his linguistic and observational presents to light up a venerable, enigmatic tradition of nomads and mystics. Though no stranger to privation (having journeyed throughout Siberia and up the Congo for his earlier books), Tayler is unprepared for the bodily challenges that await him in a Sahara dessicated by eight years of unprecedented drought. He travels throughout a panorama of nightmares – charred earth, blinding sky, choking gales, and what’s fittingly referred to as the Valley of the Dead. The final Westerner to try this trek left his skeleton in the sand, and even Tayler’s camels wilt in the searing wastes. But his outstanding perseverance, in addition to his fluency in classical and Moroccan Arabic, helps him find right here a bracing purity. The Saharawi Bedouin amongst whom he journeys are ur-Arabs, untouched by the modernity or radicalism that festers elsewhere in the Arab world. By revealing their ingenuity, their wit, their unequalled hospitality, and more, Tayler upends our notions of what’s, and what’s not, basically Arab

 

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