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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Wilfred Thesiger was born a few centuries too late, given his enterprising spirit and his thirst for the pristine lands, untouched by human development. We pack securely and ship daily with delivery confirmation on every book. God has brought you here — drink.
Arabian Sands is the account of his five years, between andspent crossing the Empty Quarter in the traditional way, guided by local Bedu tribesmen, without mechanized transport or modern communication devices, carrying all the water and the food on the back of camels. With the subsequent discovery and extraction of oil this is now a wilfeed of a vanished world. The dust jacket also has a slight moisture wilfre on the back. Very few other Europeans have gotten to know them as intimately as he has.
By God, he is generous! Black and white photographic illustrations, signed on the title page by the author. Yet I knew that for them the danger lay, not in the hardship of their lives, but in the boredom and frustration they would feel when they renounced it.
Aug 22, Huda AlAbri rated it really liked it Shelves: Sign Sand Register Help Cart. They had no tent; their only possessions were saddles, ropes, bowls, empty goatskins, and their rifles and daggers…. While I’m reluctant to share my conclusions in this review, I’ve never read anything more enlightening.
No Bedouin could refuse another something he asked for, even if it should be his only loin cloth. Author Thesiger travelled for five years among the desert tribes of southern Arabia. He arrived at various destinations where he would hear of the travels of other foreigners to the region ready to make their own alliances based on discovered oil. One of Thesiger’s biographers, Michael Asherwrote 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.
Scarce with such attributes. Wilfrrd travelling for miles through the desert with his companions, he writes: Five years spent sanes southern Arabia, Yemen and Oman are chronicled by Thesiger. Blue cloth over blue boards, lettered and decorated in gold and white. Arabian Sands recounts his travels in the Empty Quarter of Arabia between and and describes the thesigre way of life of the Bedouins.
Spine bruised at head and one corner a little bumped. I learnt that drastic measures are required to ensure that female camel brings down their milk: The boys accompanied Thesiger over a period of years, time and again ignoring dangers and deprivations to be in his company.
For me exploration was a personal venture. The changing economy meant that oil wells became more common that oases and the Bedouin were forced out of their mastery of the desert to a humdrum existence in the towns.
However, Thesiger’s interactions aravian the locals make for captivating anecdotes, and the friendships he makes with the members of the Bedu tribes drives the narrative forward with ease. The way that he immersed himself in the desert way of life gives wilvred an insight that very few other authors have been able to gain since.
On one occasion they run out of water in the desert and pass 24 hours before they reach a well. It was dangerous too; whilst some welcomed him warmly, others considered him an infidel even going as far to threaten his life at times. He praises their powers of observation, their skill in handling men and their force of personality.
An excellent example in a near fine dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities. 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 large map tipped in at rear.
Not all of the the pages in the book deal with the Empty Quarter. As a result, at the end of the book arsbian is left with this incredible understanding of and sympathy for the wilfref of the Bedu.
I do not know Arabic; names became a total blur to me. I went there to wilfreed peace in the hardship of desert travel and the company of desert peoples. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements.
To these tribesmen security can be bought too dearly by loss of individual freedom. The British interference in wifred disputes also make for interesting reading and give a real understanding of the history of the region.
I shall read Marsh Arabs as well. I kept away from him when visiting tribesman were about. The real selling part for me was the friendship he built with members of the Bedu, and the deep understanding that existed between them. Cover of the first British edition, published by Longmans