Nomad is an account of Robin Maugham's travels in the Levant, and of his impressions of person and places in the Arab lands. Mr. Maugham, like many Englishmen, found himself in sympathy for the Arabs, and indeed with Semites generally, including the Jews; he found much to admire in the personal freedom of the Arab, his true democracy and the fundamental values of Arab life which are sometimes lost in more complicated societies.
He shows how with the Arabs persons rather than policies count; and it is the personal relationships hitch he established with many Arabs and Europeans, including Glubb Pasha and Altounyan, a friend of T.E. Lawrence, that make his travels and this book so rich.
The Arab lands have inspired English prose writers before now; and Mr. Maugham is a likely recruit in that company. This book is not intended for the expert Arabist; it is written by an amateur. Everybody has heard of the influence of the West over the East: here is an example of the reverse.
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