Synopses & Reviews
Marvelously entertaining and at times harrowing, Glory in a Camel's Eye recounts the American travel writer Jeffrey Tayler's dangerous 535-mile journey across the Moroccan Sahara with Arab nomads. We spend three months in their company as they make their dangerous trek through the Drâa, a remote and inhospitable valley.
"Tayler offers a camel driver's point of view of a complex society, a view that's at once unassuming, extremely informative and even entertaining." Publisher's Weekly
"This is the best contemporary travel book to come along in a long time." KLIATT
"At a time when much of the world is focused on the politics of the region, Tayler offers us a memorable picture of a desiccated land and its survivors." Library Journal
Marvelously entertaining and frequently harrowing, Glory in a Camel's Eye recounts the American travel writer Jeffrey Tayler's dangerous three-month journey across the Moroccan Sahara in the company of Arab nomads.
Glory in a Camel's Eye gives us an intimate, often surprising portrait of Saharan Africa: the cultural conflicts between native Berbers and Arabs, the clashes between devout desert-dwelling nomads and their city-dwelling counterparts. Fluent in Arabic, Tayler assembles an image of modern life very much at odds with our Western assumptions. He observes and reports "with eloquence and an eye for the improbable" (Outside).
About the Author
Jeffrey Tayler is a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly and a contributor to Conde Nast Traveler, Harper's Magazine, and National Geographic. He has written four books, most recently Angry Wind. An accomplished linguist, he is fluent in Russian, Arabic, French, and Modern Greek and can get by in Spanish and Turkish.