Caravan by Dorothy Gilman

Dorothy Gilman has brought the world to her readers through her novels featuring unlikely spy Mrs. Pollifax.

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Caravan by Dorothy Gilman


Features

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.60 x 6.83 x 4.18
  • Publisher: Crest; Reprint edition (April 1995)
  • ISBN: 044922175X


    Reader Reviews
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful: Take this trip; it's a stunner!, December 30, 2002 Reviewer: admeyer from Houston, TX United States Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax mysteries have delighted me. I am late in coming to them. They have been out for years. But I love the pattern of suspense and the new cultural treats that are in store for her readers. I always learn in a Gilman book. And her sense of respect for other ways of living, of relating to God and one another, enrich the tales she gives us. I recently gleaned the shelves of Half-Price Books and found a few of her titles I had not read, among them was Caravan. And it is a true jewel of a tale. One feels a bit like this character, a carny child sent to finishing school, is historical, a veritable Unsinkable Molly Brown, and yet the story, as told in retrospect by Lady Teal, encompasses only a small part of a very rich life. And what a vibrant small part that is! Caressa's survival in the stark desert life of the early 1900's is impressive, and Gilman's finesse in presenting a foreign world and its pecularities make for suspenseful reading beyond the norm. One thing that Gilman never does is shy away from the brutal and the violent realities of her character's situations. In the primitive 1914 imprisonment that Caressa faces among the conquering Tuareg tribesmen, there are an amazing set of obstacles that just shouldn't have been lived through. No Indiana Jones character could out do Caressa's challenges. Most beautiful of all are the endearing friendships that she makes with the unusual likes of a fellow slave, a black boy, Bakuli, and earlier with Mohammed, her Arab host in Tripoli. Delightful endings wrap up Gilman's books with happily ever after as their due. But one is not disappointed with Lady Teal's surprise to readers. In fact, one should have guessed such an ending would be in store. Typical Gilman in some ways, but very nice escapist reading overall. Brava!

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