This is an account of the author's journey into the marshes of southern Iraq with the English explorer, Wilfred Thesiger....

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PEOPLE OF THE REEDS

This is an account of the author's journey into the marshes of southern Iraq with the English explorer, Wilfred Thesiger. The marshes are a primitive and largely unexplored area whose inhabitants live hidden in a watery waste of lagoon, dwelling in reed huts built upon little islands. Their way of life -- economy depending on the existence of the water buffalo, the constant danger of charging wild boars, native susceptibility to all sorts of infectious diseases, the crude cultural and religious ritual-has been unchanged for centuries, making the area one of the last primordial frontiers. The reporting (a personal journal) is fascinating -- no hyperbole needed.

Pub Date: Feb. 5, 1957

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Harper

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1957