"A lushly romantic adventure story set in the North African desert in 1914, told by the impeccable Lady Treal as she reminisces in her London town house about her decidedly peccable past...Well-written, expertly plotted, perfectly paced."
With her anthropologist husband murdered and their caravan stolen by fierce Tuareg tribesmen, Caressa's choices are death or a life of slavery. Concealing her dangerous beauty beneath the faded robes of an Arab boy, she embarks on the adventrue of her life, harassed by vicious nomads, slave traders and the envious witch doctor, Isa. Only a handful of carnival magic tricks stand between her and oblivion. Then she discovers an inner magic so mysteriously compelling that the desert people call her a sorceress. With it she will secure her freedom and discover the love of her life....
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.47(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.55(d)|
About the Author
Dorothy Gilman (1923–2012) was the author of 14 Mrs. Pollifax novels, including The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, the series debut; Mrs. Pollifax Pursued; Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer; Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist; and Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled. She was also the author of many other novels, among them Thale’s Folly.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A romance in the classic sense. Peculiar, unlikely, and adventurous things happen to our heroine on her journey to eventually find True Love. If you can take it on those terms, it's very enjoyable; the pace is slow and dreamlike as the lead character gets into and out of one scrape after another, often with just a couple of fragments of dialog. The descriptive writing is terrific, especially of the stark beauty and danger of the desert. The coincidences continually mount up, and the heroine watches them passively most of the time, only occasionally putting some small effort into driving the sequence of events. The book is set in 1914 Africa, and the author may have made some effort to imitate some of the writing styles that were popular at that time, so the end result may be a little peculiar for today's reader. But it's a fairly short book, and as such worthy of a few hours of attention.
I like all Gilman's work, but this one was particularly thought-provoking. I recommend it.
Dorothy Gilman’s CARAVAN What a stunning adventure! The descriptions of the heat of the desert were almost enough to make me forget the sub-zero weather outside. Caressa, while young, faces danger with maturity, courage, humor, and a philosophy of appreciation of friendship, beauty, good fortune. “Wealth is relative.” Omar Khayyam: “The Caravan of life is moving by, Quick! to your places in the passing show.” Take the “little perfect hour.” Enjoy the beauty of the open sky, the silence and space of the desert. Her friend becomes “brother” with loyalty despite all odds, and when she gives her heart, it’s her full heart. Her talents at juggling, and picking pockets, lead to greater spiritual gifts, “real iko (power) and it is in me. In all of us.” She teaches valuable lessons to those who would win by any means — duplicity doesn’t pay, not in the long run. There are some books I’d wish condensed, as Reader’s Digest used to do. Of this book I would wish the opposite, that it could be longer. The next best will be to re-read it after a time, to savor it again. I was so sad to get to the last of the Mrs. Pollifax series, and I’m glad to know that there are a few more in the Gilman body of work.
This is a awesome adventure book that is full of unexpected turns. Dorothy Gillman is my favorite author and this is one of her best. It has something to apeal to everyont. It's got romance, adventure, fighting, wird places, and a really good ending.