Arabian Sands (Penguin Classics) [Wilfred Thesiger, Rory Stewart] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Following worthily in the tradition of. For years I meant to read Arabian Sands, Wilfred Thesiger’s account of two punishing camel journeys during the late s across Southern. Arabian Sands is Wilfred Thesiger’s record of his extraordinary journey through the parched “Empty Quarter” of Arabia. Educated at Eton and.

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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 Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Bow Windows Bookshop Published: This is a stated first edition. When nations decline, they go back to their roots. The trek included one 19 day march across shifting sand dunes.

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Retrieved from ” https: It is araboan to me that a camel can arabiwn recognized by its footprint in the sand days after its departure. Reading this book you will reach to the very root of the fatalism, generosity, poetry, pride, humour, courage, patience and the uncompromising hospitality of Arabic people.

It’s also good to see that this book is stil I like to browse through my books on a Ssands morning for some strange reason and came across this book that I read when I was working in Saudi Arabia and, as I had also met the bedouin and taken tea with them, I was interested arahian hear about Thesiger’s travels in that country. Thesiger’s autobiography The Life of my Choice puts his journey in the context of his life – it is worth remembering that between trips to the Empty Quarter he was also sending time in the Kurdish regions and in the marshes of southern Iraq.

I will look for it to read and listen to their review and discussion. Their way of life naturally made them fatalists; so much was beyond their control.

He is one of the first to admit that their culture is a violent one, that their temperament is fiery and suspicious of strangers, that they are prideful, quick to anger and unforgiving saands their enemies. Among no other people have I ever felt the same sense of personal inferiority.


I had huge difficulty with the names of places, tribes and individuals. He’s the most driven person I’ve ever read about, and he knows what he wants to do, and will do anything to achieve it. An enthralling well written book.

It was at school that we were given an excerpt of Arabian Sands to read, a passage detailing the sannds who had lurked on the fringes of Arabia Felix without actually controlling it, coming across the book at the town library I borrowed it and read on. Nov 03, Marvin Goodman rated it it was ok.

The Easton Press, I advise against choosing the audiobook format. 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: I enjoyed reading this — and, in a time where there is little left uncharted, got to experience a vicarious thrill of Adventure. There is moisture staining along the lower edges primarily along the rear.

For me exploration was a personal venture. Or a philosophical essay on how a wild and unforgiving terrain can elevate us to the heights or human dignity and bring us the deepest spiritual insights?

He knew when he left he would not return. Christmas gift inscription to the front end paper.

I shall read Marsh Arabs as well. His own hardships are noted with almost clinical disinterest. The starkness of the landscape provides little mercy. Thesiger finds peace and contenment and spiritual solace among some of the poorest people in the world.

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He set again almost immediately indeparting Manwakh well in Yemen and visited at Liwa Oasis and then to Abu Dhabi town. Arabian Sands Cover of the first British edition, published by Longmans And there are many things that are so shockingly bad and wrong you can’t believe that even started to like these people. Get Road Junky Updates! When they do his companions all refrain from drinking for another five hours because a few of their party were still attending to the camels. Living with the nomadic Arab tribes of the Empty Quarter be If you care to read about the wisdom and meekness of the Desert and its Bedu people, Arabian Sands is your Bible.

There are long passages in the book when the author and his compatriots are starving in the desert. After that she gave us about a quart a day 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.


And the truly amazing thing about the book is how utterly honest and opinionated Thesiger is about the Bedu, how detailed – the good mostly and the bad.

Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. If he loved Arabia so much, why couldn’t he fol I enjoyed the old-fashioned, straightforward i. Preview — Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger. Although brief reports of the journey were published in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society in the late s, it was only through the efforts of his friend Graham Watson and the publisher Mark Longman that Thesiger was persuaded to write a book-length account.

Otherwise clean, tight and unmarked. By ‘going native’, dressing in local garb, speaking the local dialect, sharing the work, the food and the campfire with his Bedu guides, Thesiger has imersed himself completely in a culture that was already under attack from sheiks cracking down on raiders who got their wealth from attacking caravans or stealing other tribes camels, from the extended draught that reduced drastically the areas of pasture in the desert, from outside money pouring in that made the camel based economy travel, milk, meat bankrupt.

Arabian Sands Thesiger, Wilfred E. The writing is exceptionally beautiful, the descriptions of the dunes and mountains, the plants and the animals. As a result, at the end of the book one is left with this incredible understanding of and sympathy for the culture of the Bedu. It is also true that one of the less endearing characteristic of these British explorers is their ability to ignore the local populations that lived in those same places for millenia.

Characteristically, he is in Arab headdress. Open Preview See a Problem? Arabian Sands Wilfred Thesiger

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