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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Arabian Sands

At age 23 he went on his first wilfrfd, of the Awash River in Abyssinia now Ethiopia. Trivia About Arabian Sands. Lawrence never had it so rough. He understood why the Bedu chose to live there.

Nov 01, Daniel Clausen rated it it thesigerr amazing. The Old Mill Bookshop Published: There is nothing gripping going on nor is there much cultural activity to be described in this book about a place that should technically be devoid of much interest.

Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

They created the world’s second largest religion, and nearly conquered the world. Previous owner name on the front endpaper. At first he could not stand the physical strain of camping shoulder to shoulder with so many men who never talked when they could shout.

It is amazing to me that a camel can be recognized by its footprint in the wilferd days after its departure. The wrapper looks very attractive in the removable Brodart archival cover. Sabds hardcover book is Good, being square and tight.

Handsome beige cloth with a bright gilt title on the spine. For the Bedouin there only existed their desert and the Christian world — where they had heard of some wjlfred war among the Christians world wilfre two. Spine a little bumped at head and tail. Besides, you know what possession second to their camels is the most important and treasured of the nomads?


After travelling for miles through the desert with his companions, he writes: The thrid printing of the first British edition. London Review of Books.

He arrived at various destinations where he would hear of the travels of other foreigners to the region ready to make their own alliances based on discovered oil. While I was with the Arabs I wished only to live as they lived and, now that I have left them, I would gladly think that nothing in their lives was altered by my coming. Signed by Author s. It worked perfectly for me!

Thesiger continues to leave his mark in the Arabian sands

Lists with This Sanvs. CONDITION Blue papered bds with cloth spine, White and bright Gilt decoration and title clean and unworn, bottom cnrs bumped pp xvi with 68 photo illus, 8 maps inside and large map tipped in at rear.

In their travels every grain of sand has meaning. Here life moved in time with the past.

Arabian Sands Penguin classics. 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. He grows up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, moves to England when he is 10 and attends Eton of all thesierand then goes back to explore, he just can’t get away. He will carry, however faint, the imprint of the desert, the brand arwbian marks the nomad; and he will have within him the yearning to return, arabin or insistent according to his nature.

No trivia or quizzes yet. As nothing was private in the world of the Bedouin, everything Thesiger did and said would soon be discussed up to miles away. The author’s first book, arguably the greatest travelogue of the 20th century. The other place I recognized is Abu Dhabi, but the town of today has little similarity withthe one in the book: He knew how to fight.


Thesiger’s first book, a classic of travel in the most remost corner of desert Arabia. Light pushing to the spine ends. It’s also good to see that this book is still so readily available.

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. Arabian Sands Wilfred Thesiger Educated at Eton and Oxford, Thesiger was repulsed by the softness and rigidity of Western life-“the machines, the calling cards, the meticulously aligned streets.

The bread was baked in the sand and so forever covered in it, the water when there was some was so brackish that at times even the camels refused to eat it, and everyone for miles around saw Thesiger as a gold mine.

Coming from a privileged Br It was at school that we were given an excerpt of Arabian Sands to read, a passage detailing the peoples who had lurked on the fringes of Arabia Felix without actually controlling it, coming across the book at the town library I borrowed it and read on. A nice, clean unmarked copy.