by Wilfred Thesiger, Rory Stewart
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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In the spirit of TELawrence, Wilfred Thesiger spent five years wandering in the deserts of Arabia, producing Arabian Sands,”has the memory of a past gone missing, a tribute to a magnificent once people once”.Penguin Classics edition includes an introduction by Rory StewartWilfred Thesiger, disgusted by what he considered to be the sweetness and rigidity of Western life – “machines, calling cards, meticulously lined up streets” – spent years exploring in and around the vast desert without water which is the “Empty Quarter” of Arabia.Travel among the Bedu people, he experienced from their daily challenges of hunger and thirst, the trials of long walks under the relentless sunshine, the freezing cold of the nights and the constant danger of death if it was discovered that he was a Christian’ unfaithful’.He was the first European to visit most of the region, and just before he left the area the process that was going to change forever – the discovery of oil – began.This edition contains an introduction by Rory Stewart discussing the dangers of Thesiger’s travels, his unconventional personality and his ideas in the Bedouin lifestyle.Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger (1910-2003) is a British travel writer born in Addis Ababa in Abyssinia (now Ethiopia)Thesiger is best known for two travel books: Arabian Sands (1959), which recounts his travels in the Empty Quarter of Arabia, between 1945 and 1950, describes the disappearance of the Bedouin way of life, and Arabian Marshes (1964), an account of the traditional peoples who lived in the marshes of southern Iraq.If you liked Arabian Sands, you could, like TESt. Lawrence, the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, also available in Penguin Modern Classics’ Thesiger is perhaps the last, and certainly one of the greatest, of the British travelers to the Arabs’ Sunday Fois’ Following with dignity in the tradition of Burton, Laurent, Philby and Thomas, this is, most likely, the book of Arabia at the end of all the books on Arabia’ Daily Teleg.
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