The plains of Camdeboo

Lovingly described in her classic book of the Karoo, The Plains of Camdeboo, Eve Palmer introduces to the quintessential Karoo farm and her home Cranmere.
Palmer, Eve
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Title: The plains of Camdeboo
Author: Eve Palmer
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: The Penguin Group (SA)
2nd edition. Cape Town, South Africa 2011
ISBN 9780143528029 / ISBN 978-0-14-352802-9
Softcover, 13 x 20 cm, 348 pages, several map sketches and b/w photographs


Every now and then a book comes out of the mass of written material poured out by thousands of writers which makes one pause, read, reflect and read again with renewed pleasure. 'The Plains of Camdeboo' is a book which is a unique combination of history, natural history, autobiography and research in many fields and is a celebration of the beauty of the Karoo. It not only presents much of the age-old pageant of nature in a storied land, but exudes the triumph of the human spirit, is like one of those delightful campfire conversations which drag late into the night but which, regretably, are over too soon. Writer Eve Palmer recreated with lovely prose the magical landscape of the Karoo and the East Cape where she grew up. The Plains of Camdeboo is not the story of the Palmer family, although they impinge upon it at times. It is the story of farm Cranemere, twenty thousand acres in area, on a great plain towards the southern tip of Africa. This is a countryside either completely overlooked or greatly slandered. The Palmers, in 1986, had been here for one hundred and six years. And still are today.

Contents: The plains of Camdeboo

Acknowledgements Introduction
References Index
Bushmen of the Sea
The Yellow and the Brown
The Forgotten Highway
The Bushmen of the Veld
The Beginning
Stilettos and Almond Stones
Vanished Kings
They Drink the Wind
Twilight Souls
Cranemeres Bird
Birds of the Veld
Consider the Cobras
The Red Men
Evolutions Darlings
'Master of Thirst'
The Galgenbosch
The Greatest of All