Arabian SandsBook - 2007
Wilfred Thesiger was born in Addis Ababa in 1910 and educated at Eton and Oxford. Though British, he was repulsed by the softness and rigidity of Western life, "the machines, the calling cards, the meticulously aligned streets, etc." In the spirit of T.E. Lawrence, Thesiger spent five years exploring and wandering the deserts of Arabia. With vivid descriptions and colourful anecdotes he narrates his stories, including two crossings of the Empty Quarter, among peoples who had never seen a European and considered it their duty to kill Christian infidels.
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2007
Edition: New edition
Branch Call Number: 915.30452 Th
Characteristics: xvii, 347 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 20 cm
From Library Staff
Threw this non-fiction in as Thesiger did some exploring in the "Empty Quarter" desert (not really empty, the Bedouin made it their home) in the Arabian peninsula. The result is a classic of the travel genre about a stranger in a strange land.
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