ABDUL by Rosemary Wells


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Mother camel Gilda giving birth to colt Abdul is one of those take it or leave it anomalies. Gilda and her driver Feisal decide to take it and so end up being rejected by the other drivers who brand axe-faced, humpless Abdul a devil. . . until Abdul finds an oasis full of his own kind and they are the outcasts. Sly-looking Feisal riding his camel sidesaddle, Gilda buried up to her hump in a drift, and the absurd collection of desert get-ups (there are not only fezzes, turbans and djellabas but one woman in a strapless dress) add to the drollery of this mini-mishap. But if you're at all inclined to ask why, this could be more frustrating than fun.

Pub Date: April 10th, 1975
Publisher: Dial