Athletic, intellectual and sensitive, even in her youth, Gertrude Bell was an ideal chronicler for a public fascinated by the Orient. Blending descriptions of customs, communities, archaeology, agriculture, The Desert and the Sown (1907) recounts a dramatic portion of her expedition across Syria. Enriched by over three hundred photographic illustrations, Bell's prose leads readers from the Mosque of 'Umar to the shores of the Dead Sea, the Castle of Salkhad and the dramatic landmarks of Kanawāt. Notwithstanding the inclusion of such picturesque sites, the author never allows the spectacular to overshadow the significant. As she herself professed, her narrative contains frequent references to the 'conditions of unimportant persons', arguing that 'they do not appear so unimportant to one who is in their midst'. As such, this volume reflects a compassionate and respectful attitude to other civilizations, the implications of which are as significant today as they were to Bell's contemporaries.
|Publisher:||Franklin Classics Trade Press|
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Table of Contents1. Jerusalem to Salt; 2. Salt to Tneib; 3. Tneib to Najereh; 4. Jebel el 'Alya to Salkhad; 5. Salkhad to Saleh; 6. Saleh to Damascus; 7. Damascus; 8. Damascus to Homs; 9. Homs to Hamah; 10. Hamah to Apamea; 11. Apamea to Aleppo; 12. Aleppo to Basufan; 13. Basufan to Antioch; 14. Antioch; Index.
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