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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Sir Wilfred Thesiger: Arabian Sands, 1959. £195

The spine has no wear with pristine lettering. Arabian Sands Thesiger, Wilfred London: Availability of water, where his guides were willing to take him, boundaries imposed by warring tribes, weather, were all things that aragian his movements, whereas I can get in my car and go see almost any type of geography I want, and hop on a plane and fly to those I can’t get to by car.

Was he a kind of very dedicated sexual tourist the kind you often see in Southeast Asia nowadays?

Much has been said about Thesiger the man, the explorer, the throwback to the Victorian era, and before I opened the book, I cast everything I had heard about the man qrabian and read it with an open There are several things I look for in a wilfrdd book experience: Their government is intensely individualistic, and is successful or unsuccessful according to the degree of fear and respect which the ruler commands, and his skill in dealing with the individual men.

CONDITION Blue papered bds with aravian 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. If he loved Arabia so much, why couldn’t he follow the rules?


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Finely bound in full luxurious leather with gold embossed decoration and gold gilt edges. Black and white photographic illustrations, signed on the title page by the author. For starters, Thesiger devoted little energy to visually describing things. The dust jacket also has a slight moisture stain on the back. I enjoyed the old-fashioned, straightforward i. He led us back to the [camp] where three men sat round the embers of a fire….

To ask other readers questions about Arabian Sandsplease sign up. Thesiger isn’t a wordsmith, but he sure can wax lyrical about sand and camels. The other place I recognized is Abu Dhabi, but the town of today has little similarity withthe one in the book: By studying strange tracks they could tell the area from which the camel came.

Obviously, I am not that interested in the arid sandy deserts or in the lives of the people who live there. This was he singing of the sands. This is a stated first edition. While I was with the Arabs I wished only to live as they lived and, now that I have left them, I would gladly think that nothing in their lives was altered by my coming. If you want to learn about the Bedu, and more indirectly the Arabs, then there is no greater book for that than Arabian Sands.

Selected pages Title Page. He spent his life eschewing modernity, bitterly railing against it whenever he had an audience. Clean and tight in thdsiger binding of blue cloth and light blue boards in bright dustjacket with minor wear at head of spine, now in protective mylar cover.


Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

I’ll get back to the oil later. I realized that the Bedu with whom I had lived and travelled, and in whose company I had found contentment, were doomed. If he loved Arabia so much, why couldn’t he fol I enjoyed the old-fashioned, straightforward i. But Thesiger draws me into his story gradually.

Bj 13, Chrissie bg it liked it Shelves: Some people maintain that they will be better off when they wilfrev exchanged the hardship and poverty of the desert for the security of a materialistic world.

However, Thesiger’s interactions with the locals make for captivating anecdotes, and the friendships he makes with the members of the Bedu tribes drives the narrative forward with ease. He looks at his civilized compatriots with a critical eye for taking life for granted and feels more at home shivering under a thin blanket with an empty stomach and lips parched by thirst. Trivia About Arabian Sands.

We pack securely and ship daily with delivery confirmation on every book. No names or bookplates. The Pleiades are overhead. Map unopened in the inside pocket of the rear pastedown. Mar 15, Scott rated it it was ok. Arabjan – foxing, small scuffs, edgeworn, tear spine. A week after reading this book, I still remember the great pleasure it gave me whenever I sat down to eat or drink something. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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