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Sahara : la passion du desert
Durou, Jean-Marc.
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Sahara. English
Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2000.
Physical Description:
142 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 32 cm
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DT333 .D8313 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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A collection of photographs that bring to life the mountains, oases, sands and peoples of the Sahara desert. The photographs are accompanied by personal accounts of the Sahara written by explorers, naturalists and journalists.

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Booklist Review

For many, the words vast, exotic, dry, and harsh come to mind when the desert is mentioned. Duroc's magnificent photographs and the essays included here don't dispel the myth of the Sahara desert, but they do flesh it out. Duroc and the essayists, including explorers, naturalists, and even natives, try to explain the attraction of the desert even as they marvel at the mystery of it. Why is humanity drawn to regions that are so formidable? Several of the essayists are men who have traveled to the Sahara and have been so captivated by it that they have ended up returning many times or even taking up residence. Duroc has included photographs of several groups of nomads, and two of the essayists are Tuareg nomads who describe the desert as being an essential part of their culture. The amazing photographs of the desert reveal it to be a diverse terrain that includes dunes, mountains, palm trees, and even rivers. Duroc's book is a glorious celebration of the desert in pictures and words. --Kristine Huntley

Library Journal Review

Durou, a professional photographer who has written extensively about the Sahara, has captured the essence of both the land and the people in this coffee table-style book. Starting with the 18th century and proceeding to the present day, Durou exportrays the desert through full-color, full-page photographs complemented by comments on the nomads, travel writers, geographers, and an explorers who have crossed its sands. He also provides answers to such age-old questions as the mystery behind the legend of Timbuktu, which was founded by Frenchman Ren‚-Auguste Cailli‚. Essays from naturalists Bruno Lamarche and Th‚odore Monrod evoke strong images and feelings of what life is really like in the Sahara. Fun and quirky, this picture book is recommended for larger libraries.ÄStephanie Papa, Baltimore Cty. Circuit Court Lib., MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.