ISBN 9788184950755,The Caravan of White Gold

The Caravan of White Gold



Jaico Publishing House

Publication Year 2010

ISBN 9788184950755

ISBN-10 8184950756


Number of Pages 324 Pages
Language (English)

Travel Guides

rever, author Michael Benanav embarked on a 1600 kilometer odyssey by foot and by camel, through a swath of the Sahara Desert so deadly it's called 'The Land of Terror' by the nomads who cross it. Joining up with the caravan of white gold - one of the last working camel caravans in the world - Benanav followed an age-old trade route, transporting gleaming slabs of solid rock salt from mines deep in the desert to the market in Timbuktu. Once literally worth its weight in gold, which gives the caravan its name, the salt today is worth just pennies a pound, but men still risk their lives to haul it and sell it. Benanav lived for weeks among the camel drivers as they traveled eighteen hours a day for nearly six weeks, through sandstorms and searing heat. Along the way, he learned how to care for and ride camels, became a medic to injured salt miners, encountered an Islamic culture in which men - not women - veil their faces, and grappled with the dilemmas of cultural extinction created by the ever-spreading impact of globalization.