Arabian Sands

Arabian Sands

Book - 2007
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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
ISBN: 9780141442075
0141442077
Branch Call Number: 915.30452 Th
Characteristics: xvii, 347 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 20 cm

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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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Madreley
Dec 16, 2014

Actually not a bad read. It really opens your eyes to the way the arabs look at westerners even 70 years ago. Written in such a way that you can almost feel some of the harsh conditions that the team endured as they crossed the sands.

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