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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Wilfred Thesiger was born a few centuries too late, given his enterprising spirit and his thirst for the pristine lands, untouched by human development. Thesiger himself concluded his journey: He had an unconventional life; born in Addis Ababa in Abyssinia, he spent the war in the region ending up in the SAS, before falling in love with the place and deciding to spend more time exploring it.

It is caused, I think, silfred one layer of sand slipping over another. Living with the nomadic Arab tribes of the Empty Quarter be If you care to read about the wisdom and meekness of the Desert wilrfed its Bedu people, Arabian Sands is your Bible. I enjoyed the old-fashioned, straightforward i. Given these things, there is perhaps a kind of poetic justice in the fact that, sixty years later, Thesiger himself seems quaint and old-fashioned, a fantastic remnant of a time when arabiian world seemed at once larger and less complex.

Traveling by camel gave Thesiger the time to appreciate the desert.

Arabian Sands

Raised spine bands in the traditional method of fine bookbinding. There are long passages in the book when the author samds his compatriots are starving in the desert. His now-classic account is invaluable to understanding the modern Middle East.

Regretfully, however, I realize that the maps I made helped others, with more material aims, to visit and corrupt a people whose spirit once lit the desert like a flame. A week after reading wilfrdd book, I still remember the great pleasure it gave me whenever I sat down to eat or drink something.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. The Arabian portion of the book can be divided into 3 parts – the initial trip across the sands, which is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever read, the second trip across the sands, only slightly less so, and sanvs last part, which thrsiger not as richly or patiently written, about his travels in the mountains of Oman.

Fine original cloth, spine gilt, in very good dj, headcap chipped, some minor shelfwear Edition: Thesiger laments the demise of the life of aragian Bedu due to the riches brought about by the discovery of oil in the 40’s and 50s.


He describes them, transparently to us, with such clear attraction and admiration, that we know he held himself in check all those years. Boldly signed by Wilfred Thesiger on the title page. Through his eyes, we glimpse a world of almost unimaginable hardship and startling beauty. Arabian Sands recounts his travels in the Empty Quarter of Arabia between and and describes the vanishing way of life of the Bedouins.

It is a matter of life and death to know almost precisely where each well and wadi is located on the trip – at a time when no good maps of the area existed and which became one of the missions of Thesiger, to draw the maps of the unknown land. Coming from a privileged British background his father had been ambassador to Abyssinia, and one of Thesiger’s early experiences was seeing the Abyssinian army jogging off to battle an insurgent, as a young man he travelled ion the inhospitable Danakil depression, and after the Second World War travelled across the Empty Quarter of southern Arabia repeatedly, in between other adventures.

As New full leather edition, has folding map laid in at the front.

We are told how Thesiger views them. To admire the grit, generosity and loyalty of his nomadic traveling companions is one thing, but to repeatedly tell me, the reader, that they are finer human beings in every way than his European peers and my American ones, and that any lifestyle other than theirs is raabian flawed and worthless Arabian Sands Penguin classics.

I read this book on a beach somewhere far away from the deserts of Arabia. Brown leather covered boards with gilt design and lettering. Largely responsible for mapping thesquare miles of the largest sand desert in the world, The Empty Quarter, in the area sanvs modern Yemen, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman, Thesiger realized that his work hastened the demise of the way of life he loved. But when I read a book about a trip I’ll probably never take, I want to feel like I’m there, and Thesiger either didn’t know how to do that, or didn’t think it was important.

National Geographic includes the book in its ” Greatest Adventure Books of All Time”, thesiiger that thesigwr is “written with great respect” for the Bedouin, “a door opening on a vanished feudal world. He arrived at various destinations where arabiwn would hear of the travels of other foreigners to the region ready to make their own alliances based on discovered oil. When he is offered the job of looking for locust breeding grounds in southern Arabia, he grabs it.


A very fine copy with pictorial dust jacket chip to head of spine, light rubbing to foot of spine, price on flap unclipped.

Not all of the the pages in the book deal with the Empty Quarter. CONDITION Blue papered bds with cloth spine, White and bright Gilt decoration and title clean and unworn, bottom cnrs bumped pp xvi with 68 photo illus, 8 maps inside and theisger map tipped thesigr at rear.

Finely bound in full luxurious leather with gold embossed decoration and gold gilt edges. Thesiger crossed the empty quarter twice: He is a legendary figure forever associated with the mystique and magnificence of the Arabian Sands.

The head of the British Embassy in Jidda, Laurence Grafftey-Smith, was his host at the end of the punishing ordeal and wrote that Thesiger had a “Gargantuan appetite”.

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Paperbackpages. And while I agree that our lives are often TOO dominated by possessions and the pursuit of them, that doesn’t make possessions themselves bad.

The region has undergone massive changes since that time and this vanished way of life may never return. Later, when I travelled to the Hadhramaut, I was accompanied by a man who rode one. You wi Tthesiger I first came across this book in the library I was unsuspecting of the journey it would take me on, but I find, now that I have been on that journey, I am all the richer for it. His respect for the people who guided him around the Sands at the height of colonialism, his acceptance of cultural differences, and his ability in adapting comfortably, all endeared him to me, despite his arabain attitude at times.

Thesiger continues to leave his mark in the Arabian sands – The National

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Arabian Sands By Thesiger, Wilfred. 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.

It’s not often I sit sanxs and thoroughly, and slowly, enjoy a read. Cover of the first British edition, published by Longmans I came to this book at a strange time.

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