THE BLACK TENTS OF ARABIA
(My Life Amongst the Bedouins)
By Carl R. Raswan
From the INTRODUCTION
'My soul is bound
up in this romantic "Arabia Deserta." The great peace and calm of the Arabian
wilderness holds me in thrall-that tremendous quietude, which on the last day of
the creation must have brooded over the whole world. In the desert I breathe
freely and the accumulated ballast of civilized life falls away, like a great
burden from off the shoulders. Even now I am astounded to think how little man
really needs to be happy, and how carefree one is with nothing but the merest
necessities of life.
Certainly no contemporary writer or Arabian horse fancier has more first hand experience with the vanishing nomadic Arab culture than Carl Raswan. Black Tents recounts his periodic adventures, which spanned over twenty six years, wandering with the herdsmen and mounted raiders.
Hard cover book in good condition, normal aging dust jacket very poor, copyright 1935, this is the 1947 Creative Press reissue, 206 pages, illustrated with wonderful photos that were taken by the author