Marion's Reviews > Exiled: Memoirs of a Camel

Exiled by Kathleen Karr
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Jun 24, 2009

it was ok

a young adult book/pre-teen maybe. Interesting subject idea- I never knew that the US Army had the idea to create a Camel Corp. Camels were brought over from Egypt in 1856/7 in an attempt to create a force usable in the desert southwest. the idea failed and the camels were sold off or let go. Camel sightings were recorded into the 1920's. Pretty crazy. the skeleton of one of the original camel's is in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Interesting- yes. The book is told from the viewpoint of one camel. It was quite good in the beginning but it got so sappy when the author had to add all the love interest and jealousy, rivalry that was a bit far fetched. Of course there is competition for mates but it was written in a overly human and dramatic way. I have spent time with camel's and ridden them for several days through the desert so it was of interest to me just got too sappy.
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message 1: by C. (new) - rated it 3 stars

C. Totally agree! Was sadly lacking in actual "camel lore".

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