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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Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger. Andrew Barnes Booksellers Published: But a great look at the quantumm leap the Arabs Lists with This Book.

The boards show moisture stain along the lover edges primarily along the rear. Theisger by no mark believed that the money would benefit the Bedouin who had always considered themselves superior to the town folk. This is travel for travel’s sake and very much thesiter to a purist view which almost overshadows the sheer achievement and incredible adversity, the latter Thesiger takes in his stride. He also makes overarching points about the Arabs as a people. Not all of the the pages in the book deal with the Empty Quarter.

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 crotchety attitude at times.

Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. The PDF file has little value.

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I thought how terribly boring it would arrabian to rush about this country in a car. I had found, too, a comradeship inherent in the circumstances, and the belief that tranquility was to be found there. During this expedition, he became the first European to enter the Aussa Sultanate and visit Lake Abbe.


But this region that is mostly Oman today has only existed as it is now for so short a period of time that the reality portrayed by Wilfred Thesiger, a British civil servant who used his day job to allow him to explore areas of the world mostly unknown to It is easy to dismiss a book that presents a world no longer in existence, the Middle East of the late s.

But no disappointment in this for me – a love of travel amongst bedu nomads makes perfect sense. Paperbackpages.

Thesiger, who had a revulsion to modern life, immersed himself in the country, made friends with the Arabs and travelled on foot and by camel. There are also gems in the book that are as relevant today as they were so many years ago. Otherwise clean, tight and unmarked. 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.

Only a hint of edgewear on the dustjacket, which is NOT price clipped. Mild toning to the spine.

Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger – Desert Travel Book Review

A must re Wilfred Thesiger is one of thesier really great travellers ever. Through his eyes, we glimpse a world of almost unimaginable hardship and startling beauty.

They are preparing their tiny meal with great excitement when suddenly three guests turn out of the desert. While Thesiger’s occasionally describes the deserts physical details, the book is really a study of its the psychological landscape it creates.

Arabian Sands

It is also true that one of the less endearing characteristic of these British explorers is their ability to ignore the local populations that lived in those same places for millenia. I learnt to recognise a contented female camel: I was somewhat uncomfortable with a couple of aspects of Thesiger’s views, one being his Eurocentric bias. The author traveled there at a time when he knew it would all change.


My library Help Advanced Book Search. Doughty ‘s Travels in Arabia Deserta and T. 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 then last part, which is not as richly or patiently written, about his travels in the mountains of Oman.

Jan 01, Trish rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is distressing to know that Thesiger’s own ambitions put other lives at risk.

Worth contrasting with his book The Marsh Arabs.

Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

But my bigger complaint is with Thesiger’s thorough, oft-stated dismissal of everything and everyone not Bedu. When 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. Thesiger isn’t a wordsmith, but he sure can wax lyrical about sand and camels.

Thesiger writes of Richard Bird on pages and