Gypsies Wanderers of the World Author:Bart McDowell A quicksilver people, Gypsies resist scrutiny, sliding away from the spotlight of attention, remaining always an enigma. "Just as coloring protects game, so an air of romantic mystery has camouflaged these least domesticated of civilized peoples," writes Bart McDowell, author of Gypsies: Wanderers of the World. — For a thousand years Gypsies hav... more »e roamed the earth, living mainly by their wits, often just a step ahead of the nemeses, the authorities. Today some do lead settled lives but, in the words of Dr. Louis Krasno, one of America's leading cardiologists and himself a Gypsy, "it's a bit like harnessing a lion to a plow."
Early in the author's assignment a Gypsy fortuneteller in England advised him, "Beware of things others may write down or tell you. Write only what you find for yourself." Careful to follow her counsel, Bart McDowell journeyed east to India, homeland of the Gypsies. Along the way, in Europe and in Asia, he met the quicksilver people - musicians and bear trainers, gold sellers and thieves, secretaries and engineers.
He had memorable companions. An English Gypsy couple, knife grinder Clifford Lee and his wife Sheila, served as living passports into Gypsy encampments. Photographer Bruce Dale capture the elusive moods of the Gypsies in extraordinary photographs. By the journey's end all the Gypsy hunters and gained - as will you - a fresh understanding of an old and intriguing people.« less