Call of the Desert: The Sahara Philippe Bourseiller

ISBN: 9780810955899

Published: November 1st 2004


424 pages


Call of the Desert: The Sahara  by  Philippe Bourseiller

Call of the Desert: The Sahara by Philippe Bourseiller
November 1st 2004 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 424 pages | ISBN: 9780810955899 | 6.42 Mb

The original 2004 edition of Call of the Desert is a stonker. At around 4kg it is heavy enough to stun a full-grown horse and is packed with glossy, full-page portraits, close-ups and wide-angle vistas from the Atlantic to the Nile. All the mainstream Saharan shots all here in one book: the culture and landscapes of the Moors, some lovely Moroccan kasbahs, the Niger delta as well as Ounianga and the Ennedi, and Meroe in Sudan – though not, noticeably the rich imagery of the Gilf and Uweinat – so falling short of being the absolutely ultimate Saharan picture book.And the writing isn’t bad either.

Rather than let the author do the talking which often results in flowery eulogies attempting to parallel the images, they’ve shipped in some experts who – being French (the longest-established source of Saharan scholarship) or Saharan – know better than most what they’re talking about. So you get surprisingly good accounts of the geology, pastoral society and one of the best accounts of human occupation, from the 7 million year old proto-human bones found in Chad (predating those of the Rift Valley) right up to the historic period.It has to be said, the shop copy had split its spine – the book may be too heavy for its binding – even the box it was posted to me in had split open.

This is the best Sahara picture book bargain since Civilisation in the Sands (Gilf) went for a fiver.

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