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

There are several things I look for in a travel book experience: These men would sleep naked on the freezing sand, covered only with their flimsy loin-cloths… After milking [their camels] our hosts brought us milk. Account Options Sign in. The Daily Telegraph stated: Argonaut Book Shop Published: This page was last edited on 30 Octoberat Reading about the battles and skirmishes taking place between the different tribes at this time gives a real strong feel of the formation of Saudi Arabia, which is still being governed on tribal lines.

Bird was friendly but suspicious, wondering if I was working for some rival company. It’s probably non-debatable that affluence brought by oil has improved the lifestyle of most of the people in the region, but I can’t help being nostalgic and sad about the loss of cultural diversity and the preponderence of materialistic considerations in today’s world.


Andrew Barnes Booksellers Published: At the time of their travels wilffed were inter-tribal wars going on. At age 23 he went on his first exploration, of the Awash River in Abyssinia now Ethiopia. The boys accompanied Thesiger over a period of years, time and again ignoring dangers and deprivations to be in his company.

Appears bright, crisp and unread with unopened map at rear. Alexander Maitland, Wilfred Thesiger: The writing has little emotion, instead the author conveys events as they happened, even when he was in the most danger, in an almost clinical way. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

Selected pages Wilred Page. I learnt that drastic measures are required to ensure that female camel brings down their milk: The frightened camels plunged about, tugging at their head-ropes and looking back at the slope above us. Published March 5th by Penguin first published Small faint stain on lower cover. Cover of the first British edition, vy by Longmans Maps and numerous photographs.

Arabian sands Wilfred Thesiger Snippet view – Open Preview See a Problem? His two Arabian journeys described here took place between and ; the book appeared in It is geography as hardship and hardship as the purest form of adventure.


But when they arrive in large cities, he is housed comfortably with other British Foreign Service colleagues while his traveling partners are nearly or practically imprisoned. Wilfred Thesiger was wonderful company as I rolled along on a camel beside him, not literally of course, taking in the sights of a desert that has long since been tarnished by the west.

He describes them, transparently to us, with such clear attraction and admiration, that we know he held himself in check all those years. You may also like While in Darfur he journeyed with local people by camel and visited the Tibesti mountains in the Sahara. View all 5 comments.

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This notion that all technical advancements are bad is a tired cliche that I have no patience theziger. Folded map insert in rear pocket. He referred to some people as “savages”, though I don’t remember him referring to the Arabs using that term.