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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It worked perfectly for me! I thought how terribly boring it would be to rush about this country in a car. These people still valued leisure and courtesy and conversation. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

And there are many things that are so shockingly bad and wrong you can’t believe that even started to like these people.

I feel privileged to have ‘met’ these characters and ‘traveled’ through Arabia before the oil companies and modernization changed the landscape and the people. In Arabian Sands Thesiger documents a time, a place, and a people on the cusp of change.

He was a man of deeds, not words; it took months Wilfred Thesiger, the author of Arabian Sandsis without question the Real Deal. The land is less arrid than usual for the region, and the people thdsiger still hospitable and talkative. They are preparing their tiny meal with great excitement when suddenly three guests turn out of the desert.

Very good in very good, slightly marked and nicked dustwrapper with the red lettering faded on the spine, creased at edges and with two lengthy scratches on upper panel.

He has included in his present memoir not only the hardships of the travel and the dry enumeration of places and distances and weather reports, but the history of the peninsula, the way the climate and the economic issues had shaped the culture of the nomadic herders, the political changes brought about by the liberation from the Ottoman Empire and the subsequent creation of national Arab states, the balance between personal vendettas among the tribes and larger mmovements by the most powerful sheiks.

The descriptions of camels are particularly interesting, and Thesiger minutely describes virtually everything about camels, which is fascinating. We were continuously pursued by tribesmen with females to be served. Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger. He wrote about the Bedouins with whom he traveled with, with what I sensed was respect and admiration; and after reading about them through his eyes, I’ve gained a whole new appreciation for them and the way they manage to thrive in such a harsh environment.


The author’s first book, arguably the greatest travelogue of the 20th century. Thesiger also has the advantage of being able to write swnds and without reservation in tones and turns of phrases that modern authors might hesitate to use. Generosity was the other feature wikfred the Bedouin that was hard for Thesiger to understand.

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Bookplate on front pastedown. The book is sprinkled throughout with stories of retribution killings, of completely innocent people, often children. Mustard cloth, photographs, maps including arabina insert, pp.

He returned to England in the s and was knighted in He was the first Westerner to explore some of the areas and did it as a traveller with Beduin companions. This, and a dozen similar stories in the book, seemed not cause Thesiger any dismay, and certainly didn’t influence his perception of the people. I went there to find peace in the hardship of desert travel and the company of desert peoples. Cover of the first British edition, published by Longmans Travels across the Empty Quarter of Arabia on camel in the s.

Clean and tight in arabia binding of blue cloth and light blue boards in bright dustjacket with minor wear at head of spine, now in protective mylar cover. For it is well written and extremely enjoyable, a feast for the senses at every turn and a valuable look, through the brown and gold flecked eyes of the Bedu, into the desert and dunes and unforgiving landsape of the Empty Quarter.

They did not live their lives at second thesigerr, dependent on cinema and wireless. After some initial forays in Africa, he moves on to explore the Empty Quarter.

In this way there was time to notice things — a grasshopper under a bush, a dead swallow, the tracks of a hare… The very slowness of our march diminished its monotony. There was a sheikh who liked to send out a dead goat every time he heard a desert wolf howl.


Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

It is a superb account of the way of life of the now extinct Bedu way. In addition, he traveled without required permission through lands belonging to Saudi Arabia which caused the group to be detained at one point. Then began to wonder thessiger was going on behind the narrative: Arabian Sands is a book by explorer and travel writer Wilfred Thesiger.

Scarce with such attributes. There was the thesjger remark about the color of the dunes, and a some attempts at describing camels, the all-important ships of the desert.

For this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can hope to match. Illustrated with photographs and maps one fold-out at the end. Thesiger’s honesty and overarching “goodness” permeates the book and in a way that more than anything “makes” it. Dec 08, Richard rated it it was amazing Shelves: Selected pages Title Page.

Arabian Sands describes his two crossings of that region. I like to browse through my books on a Sunday morning for some strange 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.

Thesiger’s autobiography The Life of my Choice puts his journey in the context of his tbesiger – it is worth remembering that between trips to the Empty Quarter he was also sending time in the Kurdish regions and in the marshes of southern Iraq. Wilfred Thesiger was born into a privileged English background, the son of a diplomat, educated at Eton and Oxford. 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.

Slight dulling of the red titling to the spine but much better than usually encountered.