By Tom Gamble
An idealistic younger Englishman, Harry Summerfield, befriends an American oil explorer in Gibraltar within the Thirties. Their assembly sparks a trip for either males as a way to take them throughout Morocco and northern Africa, to come across the tough realities of Berber competition to French colonial rule and the eagerness of a love for a similar younger French girl. jam-packed with motion, personality and terribly brilliant neighborhood color, it is a large novel ofadventure and romance which retains the reader guessing web page after web page.
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I finish by reminding you of the conditions of our agreement, notably the faith I place in your discretion and your abilities in your craft. I also add that I am able to terminate the agreement when deemed fit. Naturally, any papers relating to the drafting and writing of our correspondence are to be destroyed. Badr is to witness this in your presence. Yours faithfully and soon…’ There was no signature. Summerfield sat back and stubbed out his cigarette in the bucket, immediately realising that it was perhaps there for other purposes.
Why the merchant Abrach couldn’t simply send the very same words to the woman in question was beyond him. Still, there was money involved and Summerfield imagined that Abrach wished for something special, something more poetic. A pity there wasn’t anything to go on—the description of the young woman could probably fit twenty thousand others in Marrakesh. He re-read the letter, picked up a pencil, waited some more. Nothing came. Instead a small squiggle, a little like a coiled snake, began to fill the sheet of paper under his distracted fingers.
It brought back to him the five o’ clock wail of Morning Prayer that had woken him and Wilding in their sleep. His first reaction had been to swear, but as the long, nasal verses had echoed in the chilly dawn air, endlessly repeating the same hypnotic chant, it became soothing, haunting. Even the notes, so twisted and painful—like some cat mewling midnight serenades, he had commented to Wilding—had become distinctively musical by the time he slipped back into sleep. He remembered that he hadn’t thought he’d learn to accept so quickly.