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Camel (2010)

by Robert Irwin

Series: Animal

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This is a book about the one-humped and the two-humped camel.
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A distinct symbol of the desert and the Middle East, the came was once unkindly described as 'half snake, half folding bedstead.' But in the eyes of many the came is a creature of great beauty. Beauty pageants are still held for camels in some Arabic countries, and an elaborate vocabulary and extensive literature have been devoted to them.
In Camel, Robert Irwin explores why the camel has fascinated so many cultures, including those in places where camels are not indigenous. He traces the history of the camel from its origins millions of years ago to the present day, discussing such matters of contemporary concern as the plight of camel herders in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region, the alarming increase in the population of feral camels in Australia, and the endangered status of the wild Bactrian in Mongolia and China. Throughout history, the camel has been appreciated worldwide for its practicality, resilience and legendary abilities of survival. As a result it has been featured in the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Poussin, Tiepolo, Flaubert, Kipling and Rose Macaulay, among others. From East to West, Irwin's Camel is the first survey of its kind to examine the animal's role in society and history throughout the world.
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