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Valley Of The Casbahs
Jeffrey Tayler

Classification : Travel & Adventure
Pub Date : Feb 05, 2004
Imprint : Abacus
Page Extent : 352
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780349115368
Price : 799

About the book
The four-hundred-and-fifty-mile long Draa River Valley in the Moroccan Sahara contains some of the most sumptuous oases and searing desert of the Arab world starting in the moonscape gorges of the Anti Atlas Mountains through to a green sea of date palms over which rise the many-towered casbahs of ochre coloured clay medieval in aspect and sheltering a life medieval in character. It is a region richer historically and ethnically than anywhere else in North Africa. The river stretches to the mosaic of dunes and parched land known as hammada - the domain of Bedouin and Blue Men and isolated Berber tribes - and pours through the desert into the Atlantic where it ends its course. Jeffrey Tayler follows the Draa by foot and on camel recounting stays in casbah homes weddings visits to mosques and marabouts and nights in hashish dens. It is a journey marked with extremes - of weather as Tayler survives intense heat and sandstorms and potentially lethal local tribesmen - and one which he only narrowly escapes to tell this tale.>

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It is easy to see why Tayler counts Bill Bryson amongst his fans>
He vividly recreates his trek, balancing the beauty with the gritty.
A delightful and thought-provoking snapshot of Moroccan life.
Tayler imparts a sense of immediacy to his travels, while reflecting on a nomadic way of life in fast decline.
     
Jeffrey Tayler
Jeffrey Tayler is a traveller & writer working for CONDE NAST TRAVELLER SPIN HARPER'S MAGAZINE & ATLANTIC MONTHLY. Bill Bryson selected two of his essays for the 1st edition of THE BEST AMERICAN TRAV...(+)
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