From the Back Cover:
Numerous travel books have been written about Africa; THE PROPHET’S CAMEL BELL is not one of them. It records another kind of journey, an exploration of human relationships, the discovery of a fascinating people and their way of life in a still little-known part of Africa.
When Margaret Laurence set out for Somaliland with her engineer husband in 1950, she confronted the difficulty of communication between peoples of vastly different cultures. During her stay she came to know the skilled orators, poets and craftsmen who call Somaliland their home, and to share the vision of people’s struggle for survival in a barren land.
Illustrated with photographs from the author’s personal collection, THE PROPHET’S CAMEL BELL is part travelogue, part autobiography, part celebration of human nature, and essential reading for anyone who has ever been a stranger in a strange land.
“A small masterwork of perception, humour and love.” – Saturday Review