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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He sneaked into areas that he was explicitly told not to enter. For starters, Thesiger devoted little energy to visually describing things. Dec 09, Mukikamu rated it it was amazing. Whenever anyone approached her she flipped her wilfged up and down in a ridiculous manner, a sign that she had recently been served successfully As nothing tuesiger private in the world of the Bedouin, everything Thesiger did and said would soon be discussed up to miles away.

I enjoyed reading this — and, in a time where there is little left uncharted, got thesger experience a vicarious thrill of Adventure. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. If a camel refused to give milk then they might sew up its anus until it complied. Their way of life naturally made them fatalists; so much was beyond their control.

Sir Wilfred Thesiger: Arabian Sands, 1959. £195

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: Even though he was born to British parents stationed in Africa at the time of his birthand educated in the UK, he said that he was most at home in the Arabian Desert.

Search our listings using “Easton Press” in the publisher field for other titles. He took on the assignment reluctantly, being more of a fan of African deserts. I was somewhat uncomfortable with a couple of aspects of Thesiger’s views, one being his Eurocentric bias.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. While in Darfur he journeyed with local people by camel and visited the Tibesti mountains in the Sahara. The officer is recognisably the famous Tsigantes and one of the crowd is recognisably Thesiger. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


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.

But in the same narrative he often mentions their greed and avarice, and their quickness to war, yet these seem not to tip the character balance thesuger all. Dec 30, Lynne King rated it really liked it Shelves: He immersed himself into their life, sharing food and water, hardship and company.

The frightened camels plunged about, tugging at their head-ropes and looking back at the slope above us. I expect to be thinking about it the rest of my life. He certainly couldn’t go wherever he wanted.

For this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can hope to match. So many of the sentences and paragraphs rang true.

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One of Thesiger’s biographers, Michael Asheraraian in The Guardian that “his description of the traditional life of the Bedu, Arabian Sands[was] probably the finest book ever written about Arabia and a tribute to a world now lost forever. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

James Cummins Bookseller Published: Some people maintain that they will be better off when they have exchanged the hardship and poverty of the desert for the security of a materialistic world. Living with the nomadic Arab tribes of the Empty Quarter betweenjust before the discovery of oil, he gives a thorough insight to how locals cope with living under desperately harsh circumstances.

I shall always remember how often I was humbled by those illiterate herdsmen who possessed, in so much greater measure than I, generosity and courage, endurance, patience and lighthearted gallantry. The book largely reflects on the changes and large scale development that took place after the Second World War and the subsequent gradual erosion tthesiger traditional Bedouin ways of life that had previously existed unaltered for thousands of years.


He was no longer welcome. A must read for anyone interested in adventure and cultures of the middle east. I understand that they recorded the discussion and it is available on the web. Very good wiltred in very good marked dustwrapper rubbed at the edges. This is a fantastic resource for following the book.

Meanwhile, from tohe explored the southern regions of the Arabian peninsula and twice crossed the Empty Quarter. Sainsburys Books Pty Ltd Condition: My old hardcover copy of the book came with photographs from the journey, and a beautiful map in the back, which really helped visualize the traveling.

As New full leather edition, has folding map laid in at the front. 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 After travelling for miles through the desert with his companions, he writes: An Indian anthropologist made fun of by the Egyptians.

In their travels every grain of sand has meaning. Dutton and Company, Inc.

Arabian Sands by Thesiger, Wilfred

He was friends with Sh I enjoyed reading about the near past of this region I live in. Fine original cloth, spine gilt, in very good dj, headcap chipped, some minor shelfwear Edition: The head of the British Embassy in Jidda, Laurence Grafftey-Smith, was his host at byy end of the punishing ordeal and wrote that Thesiger had a “Gargantuan appetite”. Dutton, First American edition.

Thesiger took many photographs during his travels and donated his vast collection of 25, negatives to the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. I wondered why people ever cluttered up their rooms with furniture, for this bare simplicity seemed to me infinitely preferable.