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Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger
by Wilfred Thesiger
is perhaps the last, and certainly one of the greatest, of the British travellers among the Arabs.
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A Classic in traveling literature, by Wilfred Thesiger and introduction by Rory Stewart.
`They will never know the spirit of the land nor the greatness of the Arabs'
Trade paperback, a Penguin Classic.
'Wilfred Thesiger is perhaps the last, and certainly one of the greatest, of the British travellers among the Arabs ... The narrative is vividly written, with a thousand little anecdotes and touches'—
Born in Addis Ababa in 1910 and educated in England, from 1945
spent five years exploring in and around the vast, waterless desert, the 'Empty Quarter' of Arabia. Travelling amongst the Bedu people, he experienced their everyday challenges of hunger and thirst, the trials of long marches beneath the relentless sun, the bitterly cold nights and the constant danger of death if it was discovered he was a Christian 'infidel'. He was the first European to visit most of the region, and just before he left the area the process that would change it forever had begun — the discovery of oil. Thesiger saw Arabian Sands as 'a memorial to a vanished past, a tribute to a once magnificent people.'
This edition includes an introduction by Rory Stewart discussing the dangers of Thesiger's travels, his unconventional personality and his insights into Bedu life.
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