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Call of the Desert the Sahara Hardcover – 24 Sep 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; 01 edition (24 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081095589X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810955899
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 3.8 x 37.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,453,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 19 Dec. 2004
Format: Hardcover
No two ways about it, Call of the Desert is a stonker. At around 4kg it is heavy enough to stun a full-gown horse and is packed with glossy, full-page portraits, close-ups and wide-angle vistas from the Atlantic to the Nile. All the mainstream Saharan shots all here in one book: the culture and landscapes of the Moors, some lovely Moroccan kasbahs, the Niger delta as well as Ounianga and the Ennedi and Meroe in Sudan - though not, noticeably the rich imagery of the Gilf and Uweinat - so IMO falling short of being the absolutely ultimate Saharan picture book.
And the writing isn't bad either. Rather than let the author do the talking which often results in flowery eulogies attempting to parallel the images, they've shipped in some experts who - being French or Saharan - know better than most what they're talking about. So you get surprisingly good accounts of the geology, pastoral society and one of the best accounts of human occupation right up to the historic period.
It has to be said, a shop copy at Stanfords London had split its spine - the book may be too heavy for its binding - even the amazon box it was posted to me in had split open. And the cover pictured above - a US edition? - is not what you get). The best Sahara picture book bargain since Civilisation in the Sands went for a fiver. Chris Scott
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Really great photos and the special light that exist in the Sahara is like on Mars a bit spooky but way fun!
Interesting facts schematic of course the book also consists off but it will help you whilst reading.
Philippe has a firm "hold" on the Sahara and its inhabitants some really amazing shots appears in the book!!!
One of them looks like a glacier in the midst of the Sahara,​ wow!!
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HASH(0x9b7285e8) out of 5 stars Amazing images 7 Jun. 2006
By John S - Published on
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This book is everything you need to look for the Sahara.

Although I admire the book's images (its main treasure), I'd love to see them being entitled and given a little story behind; instead the notes and titles are placed in the end of the book, provided with page numbers. Yet strangely the book has no pagination and that makes it difficult to find the right page after all.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bd4fc18) out of 5 stars Huge Desert Huge Book 19 July 2011
By Joe M. Donahoe - Published on
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The book is great. This book is also massive in size and weight so dont think you'll carry it around in a book bag or take to the beach. It is the stunning color photos that make the book. Some photos are of desolate desert expanses, but as the book points out, not all of the Sahara is vast sandy parched land. There are photos of urban centers and villages WITH WATER and some VERY cool photos of people who live in this desert. I liked the photos of old ruins, some from Roman times. Each page is a full photo. To read a description of the photo there is a section in the back of the book where a summary of the photo is provided. I was surprised at how few photo books like this are available, whether on the Sahara or other deserts. I gave this four stars because at the time I was considering purchasing this book it was priced at $38 and the next day when I decided to order it for some reason the price had jumped - significantly- to $50. But I ordered it anyway and I am glad that I did. If deserts are your thing, this is your book. As an aside, the author of this book also appears in an unrelated DVD as one of many commentators in a DVD called Sahara that I also ordered from Amazon and I also highy recommend that Sahara DVD. But for this desert book, just carrying it around will make you thirsty.
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HASH(0x9b942180) out of 5 stars Splendid! 27 Jun. 2012
By MichaelG - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Truly a beautiful book, extremely heavy and greatly over-sized. Beautifully bound in Italy, nice paper, 200 full-color, full-page photographs of the Sahara. truly a great book, good value too at only around $5.50 with shipping.

only con, like all other reviewers state, is the lack of page numbers to complement the image glossary in the back of the book, which oddly references page numbers. many images are intriguing and I wish it was easier to look up the captions.

makes a great pair with 0810935384, or The Sea, a book of similar size and format about the sea
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