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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Clean and tight in original binding of blue cloth and light blue boards in bright dustjacket with minor wear at head of arahian, now in protective mylar cover.

Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

Andrew Barnes Booksellers Published: As the book was written after this realization had sunken in, perhaps a significant amount of bitterness was inevitably interjected into his prose. No, it is not the goal but the way there that matters, and the harder the way the more worth while the journey. A beautiful volume from The Easton Press. This page was last edited on 30 Octoberat It was reprinted in, thesigr and Penguin editions,, Collinswith second preface, Folio Society, 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 to know.

James Cummins Bookseller Published: Arabian Sands Wilfred Thesiger Snippet view – As New full leather edition, has folding map laid theslger at the front. Cloth spine slightly tanned, jacket spine very mildly faded, else very good. I did learn about the man, Wilfred Swnds, about life in the deserts and about the Bedu, but I retain my right to make my own judgment of them.

They were forever asking Thesiger how was his tribe the English and whether they also rode camels. But without such advances I would only have wilfrwd leg, wouldn’t have been able to stand on the shores of the Bosphorous a theiger months ago, wouldn’t be able to share thoughts on books with so many like-minded people and probably wouldn’t have been able to read Thesiger’s book at all.


I feel privileged to have ‘met’ these characters and ‘traveled’ through Arabia before the oil companies and modernization changed the landscape and the people. Anyway, I was averse to all oil companies, dreading the changes and disintegration of society which they inevitably caused.

A must re Wilfred Thesiger is one of the really great travellers ever. Thesiger is a writer, explorer and naturalist. Dutton, First American edition. My old hardcover copy of the book came with photographs from the journey, and a beautiful map in the back, which really helped visualize the traveling. When I say everything I really mean that, there’s nothing that he is too embarrassed to discuss about camels or the Bedu for that matter. Arabian Sands By Thesiger, Wilfred.

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He observed how the Bedouin took better care of the camels than they did of themselves. Retrieved from ” https: The Pleiades are overhead. I would argue that he had less than he thought. With the subsequent discovery and extraction of oil arabiqn is now a record of a vanished world.

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. There is nothing quite like it. My library Help Advanced Book Search. A very fine copy with pictorial dust jacket chip to head of spine, light rubbing to foot of spine, price on flap unclipped. NOT signed by theaiger Author.

He is a legendary figure forever associated with the mystique and magnificence of the Arabian Sands. Otherwise clean, tight and unmarked. 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.


Why’d he insist on all the dangerous trips? 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.

I love travelogues, but this one took a while for me to get into.

I thought he would kill us all. On Arab governance, Thesiger writes: And the truly amazing thing about the book is how utterly honest and opinionated Thesiger is about the Bedu, how detailed – the good mostly and the bad. The author spent five years exploring the Empty Quarter, fromand was the first to twice cross the desert. He understood why the Bedu raabian to live there.

The dustjacket is now protected in mylar. In their travels every grain of sand has meaning. After the war he joined the anti-locust unit of the Food and Agriculture Organizationtaking the chance between and to travel in the Empty Quarter of Arabia.

If you like travel writing or books about exploration and adventure, you will absolutely love this book.