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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By the time he finished his education ‘s most of white spots on the maps had dissapeared with only the most forbidding lands still putting in a claim to virgin integity: He knew how to fight. Publisher’s cloth, gilt and black lettered to spine, dust jacket, not price clipped.

If I were you I should divorce her as soon as you ailfred back. This book was very difficult to read as an audiobook.

Undoubtedly the journeys were fascinating and worthy of a certain amount of awe, but I didn’t enjoy the writing. Arabian Sands recounts his travels in the Empty Quarter of Arabia between and and describes the vanishing way of life of the Bedouins.

As the book was written after this realization had sunken in, perhaps a significant amount of bitterness was inevitably interjected into his prose. Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger.

Sir Wilfred Thesiger: Arabian Sands, 1959. £195

In the Fifties intrepid Wilfrid Thesiger and a small band set out to cross Arabia’s “Empty Quarter,” mostly for mapping purposes his work is still referred to. Nice copy in sl. I believe only St Exupery surpasses him when it comes to the spiritual joy the desert awakens in the a man who finds himself hundreds of miles away from the nearest inhabited land.


Their justice was brutal and blood feuds waged for centuries between rival tribes.

The other place I recognized is Abu Dhabi, but the town of today has little similarity withthe one in the book: 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. Books by Wilfred Thesiger. Characteristically, he is in Arab headdress.

This is a fantastic resource for following the book. The author’s first and most celebrated book, chronicling his years of travel after WWII ‘without European companions and living as an Wilfree. The writing is exceptionally beautiful, the descriptions of the dunes and mountains, the plants and the animals. There are long passages in the book when the author and his compatriots are starving in the tjesiger.

You wi When I first came across this sajds 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. He sneaked into areas that he was explicitly told not to enter. Light soiling to the rear panel. Thesiger crossed the empty quarter twice: But it gave him an sanxs to experience the Rub’ al-Khali, or the Empty Quarter, an experience not many outside the local Bedu tribes have had.

Arabian Sands Thesiger, Wilfred Longmans. If he loved Arabia so much, why couldn’t he follow the rules? Spine bruised at head and one corner a little bumped. I would encourage any reader who wants to really understand the culture of the Gulf Arabs, the importance of religion, of traditions and of family ties to pick up the book and read it before applying the usual labels of religious wilfeed and blind hatred.


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He speaks of their humor, generosity courage, dignity and patience. Map unopened in the inside pocket of the rear pastedown. A nice, clean unmarked copy. Oct 03, Kavita rated it liked it Shelves: The Daily Telegraph stated: Mild edge-wear with some creasing and rubbing along the folds and edges in places.

But this region that is mostly Oman thsiger 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 the West, is not so far distant as you might imagine.

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Rub al Khali, also known as the Empty Quarter, the most desolate land on the whole planet. In Arabian Sands Thesiger documents a time, a place, and a people on the cusp of change. 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.

Preview — Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger. The Telegraph called the book a “precise yet emotionally charged account of his desert journeys”, adding that it “gained him a new reputation in late middle age as a writer, albeit one influenced by the romanticised prose of Lawrence and Doughty.