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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For a decade, Thesiger had longed to explore the Empty Quarter and seized the opportunity presented by Owen Bevan Sqnds to accompany the Anti-Locust unit.

Yet I knew that for them the danger lay, not in the hardship of their lives, but in the boredom and frustration they would feel when they renounced it. This hardcover book is Good, being square and tight.

Arabian Sands

I went there to find peace in the hardship of desert travel and the company of desert people. His now-classic account is invaluable to understanding the modern Middle East. Next morning while we were leading our camels down a steep dune face I was suddenly conscious of a low vibrant hum, which grew in volume until it sounded as though an aeroplane were flying low over our heads.

But when they arrive in large cities, he is housed comfortably with other British Foreign Service colleagues while his traveling partners are nearly or practically imprisoned. When they do his companions all zrabian from drinking for another five hours because a few of their party were still attending to the camels.

I realized that the Bedu with whom I had lived and travelled, and in whose company I had found contentment, were doomed.

By the time he finished his education ‘s most of white spots on the maps had dissapeared with only the most forbidding lands still putting in a claim to virgin integity: Folding map in pocket at rear. But a great look at the quantumm leap the Arabs Despite my discomfort with some of his writings, the book was well worth reading to learn htesiger both the people and the geography of the region. He is one of the first to admit that their culture is a violent one, that their temperament is fiery and suspicious of strangers, that they are prideful, quick to anger and unforgiving to their enemies.


The author’s first book, arguably the greatest travelogue of the 20th century. A large folding map tipped in at rear. First edition, second printing of the author’s masterpiece.

Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger – Desert Travel Book Review

Published March 5th by Penguin first published After travelling for miles through the desert with his companions, he writes: Alexander Maitland, Wilfred Thesiger: He feels an affinity for them, and as such forgives what others criticize.

Blue cloth and boards. Previous owner name on the front endpaper.

I savored every word, description, character met, and landscape. Each morning the Sheikhs visited us, walking slowly across from he castle – Shakhbut, a stately figure in a black cloak, a little ahead of his brothers, followed by a throng of armed retainers. His authority depends in consquence on the force of his own personality and on his skill in handling men. Given these things, there is perhaps a kind of poetic justice in the fact that, sixty years later, Thesiger himself seems quaint and old-fashioned, a fantastic remnant of a time when the world seemed at once larger and less complex.

I understand that they recorded the discussion and it is available on the web. His travels in the Empty Quarter of Arabia between and and describes the vanishing way of life of the Bedu. Thesiger took many photographs during his travels and donated his vast collection of 25, negatives to the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. This is a stated first edition. There was no privacy and if he should attempt to have a quiet word with someone on the side everyone came rushing over to find out what was so secret.

Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. The author traveled and lived among Bedouins and Arabic tribes. Last, but not least, Thesiger is a good photographer, working well with black and white film to capture the desert landscape, the pure-bred camels, the faces of the tribesmen and the cities on the coast.

Original cream paper hard covers with gilt and black titles to spine, in original unclipped pictorial dust jacket. As Thesiger travels through the Empty Quarter, the far southeastern corner of Saudi Arabia, it was incomprehensible to me how little he cared about his physical well-being or safety. It was dangerous too; whilst some welcomed him warmly, others considered him an infidel even going as far to threaten his life at times.


Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

View all 5 comments. Arabian Sands is a book by explorer and travel writer Wilfred Thesiger. I went there to find peace in the hardship of desert travel and the company of desert peoples. Yet they would caress and kiss their camels as they led them to grazing and each Bedouin knew the identities and life history of any camel within miles. Photographs by the author; folding map in rear pocket.

In Arabian Sands Thesiger documents a time, a place, and a people on the cusp of change. Publisher’s sand cloth, gilt and black lettered to spine, supplied dust jacket, not price clipped, signed by the author on the title page, separate name inscribed on the front free endpaper.

He starts off his journey by seeking out the Rashid, a tribe which was small but spread out throughout Southern Arabia and he calls them the smallest of tribes numbering only about three hundred men and yet they are the most authentic of the Bedouin, those least affected by the outside world. First edition of the author’s masterpiece.

Empires were built by men like Thesiger, driven by the need to claim to be the first to Wilfred Thesiger was born a few centuries too late, given his enterprising spirit and his thirst for the pristine lands, untouched by human development.

The way that he immersed himself in the desert way of life gives us an insight aands very few other authors have been able to gain since. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds; but with very minor toning commensurate with its age. I hope this helps. I will get back to this. The oil prospecting and the road construction appalled him and he was the last witness to a world that has all but vanished.

The prose is lean and tough, but without brag: