A Hundred Camels in the Courtyard

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City Lights Publishers, Jun 1, 1981 - 90 pages
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These are four tales of contemporary life in a land where cannabis, rather than alcohol, customarily provides a way out of the phenomenological world. Thus, of the men in these stories, Salam uses suggestions supplied by smoking kif to rid himself of a possible enemy. He of the Assembly catches himself up in the mesh of his own kif-dream and begins to act it out in reality; Idir's victory over Lahcen is the classical story of the kif-smoker's ability to outwit the drinker. Driss the soldier, with aid of kif, proves the existence of magic to his enlightened superior officer. For all of them the kif-pipe is the means to attaining a state of communication not only with others but above all with themselves.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Bowles shows us a reality completely foreign to our own and makes it fascinating if sometimes also terrifying. One might call this a journey into getting high - or, folk tales by a beat trying to make getting high look exotic. Read full review

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Paul Bowles has taped and translated numerous strange legends and lively stories.

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