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In 1950, as a tender bride, Margaret Laurence set out together with her engineer husband to what was once then Somaliland: a British protectorate in North Africa few Canadians had ever heard of. Her account of this voyage into the desolate tract is filled with wit and astonishment. Laurence truthfully portrays the trouble of colonial relationships and the disappointment of attempting to get besides Somalis who had no cause to belief outsiders. There are moments of shock and discovery whilst Laurence exclaims on the great thing about a flock of birds basically to find that they're locusts, or bargains scientific support to impoverished buddies in basic terms to be faced with how little she will be able to support them. in the course of her remain, Laurence strikes prior false impression the Somalis and springs to respect memorable members: a storyteller, a poet, a camel-herder. The Prophet’s Camel Bell is either a desirable account of Somali tradition and British colonial characters, and a lyrical description of existence within the desert.

The Prophet’s Camel Bell has a undying feeling approximately it that units the paintings particularly except the standard books of commute and experience in far away and unique parts.”—Canadian Literature

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