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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A traveller in the modern Arabia would not be able to have access to the deserts in the way that Thesiger did, and this fine book is a worthy tribute to a traditional society. 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 relen After the Second World War, Thesiger spent five years criss-crossing the deserts of Arabia in particular the ‘Empty Quarter’.

But it remains an entertaining book featuring Thesiger’s arabkan at the hardiness of his companions as they struggle over the dunes on a diet of rice and raisins utterly dependant on the health of their camels to survive.

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An Indian anthropologist made fun of by the Egyptians. He immersed himself into their life, sharing food and water, hardship and company. Reading about the battles and skirmishes taking place between the different tribes at this time gives a real wilffed feel of the formation of Saudi Arabia, which is still being governed on tribal lines.

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His authority depends in consquence on the force of his own personality and on his skill in handling men. Very good in very good, slightly marked and nicked dustwrapper with the red lettering faded on the spine, creased at edges and with two lengthy scratches on upper panel.

The Easton Press, But the same people are unequal in the world when it comes to loyalty, generosity, integrity. Is a life where your gun is your second most important, treasured possession really so free and noble? What a badass — and tnesiger how much more impressive his Arab companions are, about whom he says: A nice, clean unmarked copy.

Very neat — a sound and handsome copy. He speaks of their humor, generosity courage, dignity and patience.

Sir Wilfred Thesiger: Arabian Sands, 1959. £195

In this classic volume he relates one of the last great adventures modern man has experienced: For this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can hope to match. Arabian Sands Thesiger, Wilfred E.

Ashtonrarebooks welcomes direct contact. Here in the desert I found all that I asked; I knew that I should never find it again. InThesiger returned to Africa, having received a personal invitation by Emperor Haile Selassie to attend his coronation. They were forever asking Thesiger how was his tribe the English and whether they also rode camels. The book covers an area of the world about which I am wholly ignorant: He feels an affinity for them, and as such forgives what others criticize.


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Passages that I think will make you want to read this book. He travelled with the Bedouin people, or as he calls sandd 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.

It is usually captioned ‘ a Greek officer of the Sacred Band briefing British troops ‘.

He states boldly in the introduction wilrred this work, whatever their results “[future explorers] will never know the spirit of the land nor the greatness of the Arabs. The desert is there in the background, a formidable foe that this team has to take down, and they do it. What remained was to learn about the author’s life before his travels of and to learn about the nomadic Bedu people, their culture, their way of life and their moral codes and values.

For example, almost as an afterthought, he mentions that in order to fit in with his native travelling companions he decided to walk across the desert barefoot and that this was “uncomfortable.

Also have his “Marsh Arabs” on my list.