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Lords of the Atlas free pdf Set in the medieval city of Marrakesh and the majestic kasbahs of the High Atlas mountains, Lords of the Atlas tells the extraordinary story of Madani and T'hami el Glaoui, warlord brothers who carved out a feudal fiefdom in southern Morocco in the early twentieth century. Quislings of the French colonial administration, they combined the aggression of gangland mobsters with the opulence of hereditary Indian princes, and ruled with a mixture of flamboyance and terror. On returning from the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, T'hami ordered the severed heads of his enemies to be mounted on his gates. Yet in 1956, when the French left Morocco, the Glaoua regime toppled like a pack of cards.

About Gavin Maxwell

Gavin Maxwell was a conservationist, an explorer, a secret agent, a racing driver, a naturalist and a historian. Born the same year as his father died, in 1914, he was brought up in splendid carefree isolation on the Wigtownshire coast of Scotland by an eccentric widowed mother. His memoir of childhood, The House of Elrig (1965), describes an idyllic absorption in natural history and zoology. Having already proved himself a loner and a hardy traveller in the Arctic with Peter Scott, Maxwell was ideal material for covert operations in the Second World War. He served in the Special Operations Executive, charged with training operatives who would be sent behind enemy lines on missions of sabotage. After the war, he returned to the west coast of Scotland and bought Soay, a small island off Skye and the setting for his first business, a shark fishery, which in turn formed the basis for his first book Harpoon at a Venture (1952). He tried his hand at freelance journalism and painting, and wrote two books about Sicily, God Protect Me From My Friends (1956) and The Ten Pains of Death (1959). In between these projects he took a journey to the Middle East with his friend, the veteran traveller, Wilfred Thesiger, which resulted in A Reed Shaken by the Wind (1957). Here his exceptional talent was revealed for the first time. On his return from Iraq he moved into his new Scottish home at Camusfearna, and began to study the otters he had acquired on his journey through the marshes, which culminated in the publication of Ring of Bright Water (1960). With the worldwide success of this tale and the subsequent film, Camusfearna became a wildlife preserve with a collection of otters at its heart. Success, however, did not make life any easier for the tormented Maxwell, who began serious research for Lords of the Atlas a few months after publication of Ring of Bright Water. The disappearance of the young, trilingual Moroccan he had travelled with the year before as guide and translator threw him completely, and he spent what he later called his 'haywire winter' slipping ever deeper into depression in Marrakesh. It took a number of further trips to complete the research, and it was not until 1966 that the book was finally published. Difficult though it had been to write, it became one of the bibles of British orientalism and a fitting swansong to Maxwell's oeuvre. Gavin Maxwell died of cancer at Inverness in 1969.

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Author : Gavin Maxwell
Publisher : Eland Publishing Ltd
Data Published : 01 December 2012
ISBN : 178060016X
EAN : 9781780600161
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 320 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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