Norman Douglas: Fountains in the Sand: Rambles Among the Oases of Tunisia

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  • Grove Koger (Boise Public Library, Idaho)

Although Norman Douglas reserved his greatest affection for Italy, he had visited Tunisia as early as 1899, and would revisit it several times. The single book he wrote about the North African country, Fountains in the Sand, is based on a trip he made through its southern regions during the winter of 1909-1910-a trip that ultimately took him to “those mysterious depressions” known as the chotts and the oases that lie on their periphery. “

Ultimately” because Douglas extended what was to have been a short stay in the central Tunisian city of Gafsa. Why he did so is unclear, for the weather was cold and the city seems to have held few attractions. “One dines early in Gafsa,” he declares at one …

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Koger, Grove. "Fountains in the Sand: Rambles Among the Oases of Tunisia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 September 2004
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