In the spirit of T.E. Lawrence, Wilfred Thesiger spent five years wandering the deserts of Arabia, producing Arabian Sands, ‘a memorial to a. Arabian Sands is Wilfred Thesiger’s record of his extraordinary journey through the parched “Empty Quarter” of Arabia. Educated at Eton and. THESIGER, Sir Wilfred Patrick. Arabian Sands. London: Spottiswoode, Ballantyne and Co Ltd for Longmans, Green and Co Ltd,
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Mark Lavendier, Bookseller Condition: Doughty ‘s Travels in Arabia Deserta and T. Nov 03, Marvin Goodman rated it it was ok. He was friends with Sh I enjoyed reading about the near past of this region I live in.
By the time he finished his education ‘s most of white spots on the maps had dissapeared with only the most forbidding lands still putting in a claim to virgin integity: A beautiful volume from The Easton Press. Thesiger laments the demise of the life of the Bedu due to the riches brought about by the discovery of oil in the 40’s and 50s. In their travels every grain of sand has meaning. Showing best matches Show all copies.
I had huge difficulty with the names of places, tribes and individuals.
You wi When I first came across this book in the library I was unsuspecting of the journey it would take me on, but I find, now that I have been on that journey, I am all the richer for it.
While I was with the Arabs I wished only to live as they lived and, now that I have left them, I would gladly think that nothing in their lives was altered by my coming. Given these things, there is perhaps a kind of poetic justice in the fact that, sixty years later, Thesiger himself seems quaint and old-fashioned, a fantastic remnant of a time when the world seemed at once larger and less complex.
If he loved Arabia so much, why couldn’t he fol I enjoyed the old-fashioned, straightforward i. Even as he concluded his travels, oil companies and politics were in the process of changing everything. Argonaut Book Shop Published: Original Price is intact. Or have I finished an exhaustive text on camel husbandry?
I’ve always loved travel writing, it began with Colin Thubron’s “Beyond the Wall” about China, he was a fabulous writer, and he put into words what I had felt during a visit in Later, when I travelled to the Hadhramaut, I was accompanied by a man who rode one.
Sign up to get the book! Thesiger is an extraordinary bloke, stubborn in his pursuit of adventure and uncompromising in his extreme rules of assimilation. Preview — Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger.
View all 3 comments. First edition of the author’s masterpiece. As Thesiger travels through the Empty Quarter, the far southeastern corner of Saudi Arabia, it was incomprehensible to me how little he cared about his physical well-being or safety. Thesiyer they would caress and kiss their camels as they led them to grazing and each Bedouin knew the identities and life history of any camel within miles.
Largely responsible for mapping the wilferd, square miles of the largest sand desert in the world, Yhesiger Empty Quarter, in the area of modern Yemen, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman, Thesiger realized that his work hastened the demise of the way of life he loved.
Jan 31, Matthew rated it really liked it. HE says they do not steal; I thought this was stretching the truth, given the number of times camels were stolen.
God has brought you here — drink. Penguin Books; Revised edition 14 October Language: You may also like This I do not believe. A fine companion volume, also b Even T. The sound ceased when we reached the bottom. There was no privacy and if he should attempt wilfrdd have a quiet word with someone on the side everyone came rushing over to find out what was so secret. His friend explained wrabian I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it!
Thesiger isn’t a wordsmith, but he sure can wax lyrical about sand and camels. There is moisture staining along the lower edges thesiget along the rear.
He travelled with the Bedouin people, or as he calls them Bedu, experiencing their daily challenges of extreme heat, ice cold nights, long treks with camels under the relentless sun and the daily challenge of hunger and thirst. Their government is intensely individualistic, and is successful or unsuccessful according to the degree of fear and respect which the ruler commands, and his skill in dealing with the individual men.
It is an unforgiving view of the world, and one that lacks nuance.