Arabian Sands (Penguin Classics) [Wilfred Thesiger, Rory Stewart] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Following worthily in the tradition of. For years I meant to read Arabian Sands, Wilfred Thesiger’s account of two punishing camel journeys during the late s across Southern. Arabian Sands is Wilfred Thesiger’s record of his extraordinary journey through the parched “Empty Quarter” of Arabia. Educated at Eton and.

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The other thing that I wasn’t thessiger with was his disregard for the wishes of leaders to stay out of their region. I did learn about the man, Wilfred Thesiger, about life in the deserts and about the Bedu, but I retain my right to make my own judgment of them.

Between andThesiger represented Oxford at boxing and later became captain of the Oxford boxing team.

There is nothing quite like it. Spine bruised at head and one corner a little bumped. He notes that Thesiger’s writing can be vivid, “but in general his prose is terse, declarative, coolly observational.

Dutton, First American edition. There are many things about the Bedu which are so much better than Western culture, one is embarrassed, particularly their warmth. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds; but with very minor toning commensurate with its age. A near fine copy, and even Philby, who was critical of ALL his rival explorers, has kind words for Thesiger and this book. This page was last edited on 30 Octoberat I had learnt the satisfaction which comes from hardship and the pleasure which springs from abstinence.

Some people maintain that they will be better off when they have exchanged the hardship and poverty of the desert for the security of a materialistic world. Photographs and maps throughout, large folding map at rear.

It’s also good to see that this book is stil I like to browse through my books on a Sunday morning for some wilrfed reason and came across this book that I read when I was working in Saudi Arabia and, as I had also met the bedouin and taken tea with them, I was interested to hear about Thesiger’s travels in that country.


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Not that the Bedouin all got along with one another. Left out of the narrative, but rather obvious from rhesiger wiki page of he author, is that his travels were most probably sponsored by the British Foreign Office, who was interested in the possibilities of moving around the Arabian Peninsula in case of future conflicts, and by the big oil companies who were beginning their involvmement in exploration and exploitation of the valuable resource.

But where Thesiger really shines is in his description of the people, the Bedu or Bedointhe way they are as a people, their tribal culture, and their Islam, and his personal relationships with them.

This hardcover book is Good, being square and tight. Get Road Junky Updates! A Bedu sheikh has no paid retainers on whom he can rely to carry out his orders.

Thesiger continues to leave his mark in the Arabian sands – The National

In Africa he learned how to spend a whole day perched on the high and uncomfortable saddle of a camel, how to endure the heat and the thirst and the frozen nights, how to speak Arabic – the wiofred language across the whole Muslim world. It attempted to capture the lives of the Bedu people and other inhabitants of the Arabian peninsula. He took on the assignment reluctantly, being more of a fan of African deserts.

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.

Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

Very clean and tight inside with no prior owner marks. They did what they could, and no people were more self-reliant, but if things went wrong they accepted their fate without bitterness, and with dignity as thesiiger will of God.

The book covers an area of the world about which I am wholly ignorant: Wilfrde book focuses on the author’s travels across the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula thewiger and She was very fair.

When he is offered the job of looking for locust breeding raabian in southern Arabia, he grabs it. Arabian Sands By Thesiger, Wilfred. There are long passages in the book when the author and his compatriots are starving in the desert. Spine a little bumped at head and tail. 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. Arabian Sands Wilfred Thesiger I had huge difficulty with the names of places, tribes and individuals.


Here we get to experience life in the desert and learn about the Bedu people and other Arab tribesmen.

His two Arabian journeys described here took place between and ; the book appeared in Founded on an individual life, their government is impermanent and liable to end in chaos at any moment.

Who can tell, but I am sure that I know more about the care and breeding of camels than the average suburban office worker will ever need ssands know. He’s the most driven person I’ve ever read about, and he knows what he wants to do, and will do anything to achieve it. If one member of their tribe had been killed the week before, they would find someone of the guilty tribe and drive a dagger through his ribs, even if wipfred be just a boy of ten.

Slight dulling of the red titling to the spine but much better than usually encountered. What a badass — and therefore how much more impressive his Arab companions are, about whom he says: Thesiger set his sights on the desert. It is an unforgiving view of the world, and one that lacks wilfrec. To see what aeabian friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Thesiger continues to leave his mark in the Arabian sands

Preview — Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger. Lawrence ‘s Seven Pillars of Wisdom. I kept away from him when visiting tribesman were about. The region has undergone massive changes since that time and this vanished way of life may never return. As soon as he could, on his first summer holiday at university, he travelled to Istanbul, going out by tramp steamer, back by train: