Fountains in the Sand

Fountains in the Sand Book Details

By Norman Douglas

  • Category: Historical, Books, Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Type: ebook
  • Release Date: 1912-01-01
  • Author: Norman Douglas
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Fountains in the Sand Summary

This is a novel book. Likely enough, I would not have remained in Gafsa more than a couple of days. For it was my intention to go from England straight down to the oases of the Djerid, Tozeur and Nefta, a corner of Tunisia left unexplored during my last visit to that country—there, where the inland regions shelve down towards those mysterious depressions, the Chotts, dried-up oceans, they say, where in olden days the fleets of Atlantis rode at anchor…. But there fell into my hands, by the way, a volume that deals exclusively with Gafsa—Pierre Bordereau's 'La Capsa ancienne: La Gafsa moderne'—and, glancing over its pages as the train wound southwards along sterile river-beds and across dusty highlands, I became interested in this place of Gafsa, which seems to have had such a long and eventful history. Even before arriving at the spot, I had come to the correct conclusion that it must be worth more than a two days' visit. The book opens thus: One must reach Gafsa by way of Sfax. Undoubtedly, this was the right thing to do; all my fellow-travellers were agreed upon that point; leaving Sfax by a night train, you arrive at Gafsa in the early hours of the following morning.