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Arabian Sands : Penguin Classics - Wilfred Thesiger

Arabian Sands

Penguin Classics


Published: 7th July 2007
For Ages: 18+ years old
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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.

About the Author

Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger (1910-2003) was a British travel writer born in Addis Ababa in Abyssinia (now Ethiopia). Thesiger is best known for two travel books: Arabian Sands (1959), which recounts his travels in the Empty Quarter of Arabia between 1945 and 1950 and describes the vanishing way of life of the Bedouins, and The Marsh Arabs (1964), an account of the traditional peoples who lived in the marshlands of southern Iraq.

"The narrative is vividly written, with a thousand little anecdotes and touches which bring back to any who have seen these countries every scene with the colour of real life." The Sunday Times (London)"

Abyssinia and the Sudanp. 17
Prelude in Dhaufarp. 39
The Sands of Ghanimp. 54
Secret Preparations at Salalap. 75
The Approach to the Empty Quarterp. 100
On the Edge of the Empty Quarterp. 116
The First Crossing of the Empty Quarterp. 134
Return to Salalap. 155
From Salala to Mukallap. 181
Preparations for a Second Crossingp. 203
The Second Crossing of the Empty Quarterp. 222
From Sulaiyil to Abu Dhabip. 242
The Trucial Coastp. 263
A Holiday in Buraimip. 280
The Quicksands of Umm al Samimp. 296
The Wahiba Sandsp. 306
The Closing Doorp. 319
Arabic and Botanical Names of Plants Mentioned in the Bookp. 331
A List of the Chief Characters on the Various Journeysp. 332
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ISBN: 9780141442075
ISBN-10: 0141442077
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 7th July 2007
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.6  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1