I enjoyed reading this — and, in a time where there is little left uncharted, got to experience a vicarious thrill of Adventure. A traveller in the modern Arabia would not be able to have access to the deserts in the way that Thesiger did, and this fine book is a worthy tribute to a traditional society. Marriage would certainly have been a crippling handicap. Was he a kind of very dedicated sexual tourist the kind you often see in Southeast Asia nowadays? He was a man of deeds, not words; it took months Wilfred Thesiger, the author of Arabian Sands , is without question the Real Deal.

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Despite my complete lack of interest in deserts, this book kept me interested till the end. The life of man is short. Was initially unsure wilred Rory Stewart’s intro but after reading to the end I understood his views on Thesiger as a writer much more clearly.

He was interested in and sympathetically disposed towards the Arbas, and we later became friends. I have no complaints with the narration by Laurence Kennedy; he speaks clearly and at a perfect speed. Travel books like this make me realize what a wuss I am. A week after reading this book, I still remember the great pleasure it gave me whenever I sat down to eat or drink something. arabkan

Sir Wilfred Thesiger

The land is less arrid than usual for the region, and the people are still hospitable and talkative. Such practices held little horror for Thesiger, who had survived fagging and flogging at Eton, and saw at least one young Afar man, flushed from the exertion of slaughtering and mutilating four victims in a day, as “the equivalent of a nice, rather self-conscious Etonian who had just won his school colours for cricket”.


Much has been said about Thesiger the man, the explorer, arabian sands by wilfred thesiger throwback to the Victorian era, and before I opened the book, I cast everything I had heard about the man aside and read it with an open There are several things I look for in a travel book experience: The author’s first book, arguably the greatest travelogue of the 20th century.

Dec 30, Lynne King rated it really liked it Shelves: He had an unconventional life; born in Addis Ababa in Abyssinia, he spent the war in the region ending up in the SAS, before falling in love with the place and deciding to spend more time exploring arabian sands by wilfred thesiger. He raged eloquently, if quietly, against the dying of a world innocent of the motor car, advertising and what today we call global branding.

His authority depends in consquence on the force of his own personality and on his skill in handling men. There are three are several other passages I wish to share with you.

So began the travels that he recorded in fine prose and black-and-white photography. First edition, second printing of the author’s masterpiece. Travel as penance maybe, certainly not about destinations.

Arabia’s legendary Empty Quarter had been the goal of all Arabian explorers from Richard Burton onward, and although Thesiger was not the first to cross it, he was the first to explore it thoroughly, mapping the oasis of Liwa and the quicksands of Umm As-Sammim. Camels from the Sands, for instance, have sof soles to their feet, marked with tattered strips of loose skin, whereas if they come from the gravel plains their feet are polished smooth.


Marriage would certainly have been a crippling handicap.

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Aug 22, Huda AlAbri rated it really liked it Shelves: The wrapper looks very attractive in the removable Brodart archival cover. It is distressing to know that Thesiger’s own ambitions put other lives at risk.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He reserved the word “abomination” sadns cars and aeroplanes, and all his life resented the intrusion of any innovation post-dating the steam engine.

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We stayed for twenty days in Abu Dhabi, a small town of about two thousand inhabitants. Very neat — a sound and handsome copy. Log-in or create an account first! The Arabian portion of the book can be divided into 3 parts – the initial trip across the sands, which is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever read, the second trip across the sands, only slightly less so, and then last part, which is not as richly or patiently written, about his travels in the mountains of Oman.

A nice, clean unmarked copy. She was very fair. I was somewhat uncomfortable with a wikfred of aspects of Thesiger’s views, one being his Eurocentric bias.

After a pause, he said, ‘By God, he was a man!