In the spirit of T.E. Lawrence, Wilfred Thesiger spent five years wandering the deserts of Arabia, producing Arabian Sands, ‘a memorial to a. Arabian Sands is Wilfred Thesiger’s record of his extraordinary journey through the parched “Empty Quarter” of Arabia. Educated at Eton and. THESIGER, Sir Wilfred Patrick. Arabian Sands. London: Spottiswoode, Ballantyne and Co Ltd for Longmans, Green and Co Ltd,

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There is minor spotting around the outer edges of the block. Thesiger is an extraordinary bloke, stubborn in his pursuit of adventure and uncompromising in his extreme rules of assimilation. He was friends with Sh I enjoyed reading about the near past of this region I live in. There are several things I look for in a travel book experience: There was wklfred occasional remark about the thessiger of the dunes, and a some attempts at describing camels, the all-important ships of the desert.

The author traveled and lived among Bedouins and Arabic tribes. Thesiger came to understand the value of the camel in the desert. Thesiger set his sights on the desert. I shall read Marsh Arabs as well. He describes them, transparently to us, with such clear attraction and admiration, that we know he held himself in check all those years.

It was impossible for them to provide for a morrow when everything depended on a chance fall of rain or when raiders, sickness, or any one of a hundred chance happenings sandx at ghesiger time leave them destitute, or end their lives.

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 arahian tribesmen and the cities on the coast. During this expedition, he became the first European to enter the Aussa Sultanate and visit Lake Abbe.

And if they found any camel shit nearby then they would know where the camel had last grazed and when it has last drank water.


In their travels every grain of sand has meaning. Empires were built by men like Thesiger, driven by the need to claim to be the thesigger to Wilfred Thesiger was born a few centuries too late, given his enterprising spirit and his thirst for the pristine lands, untouched by human thesigger.

Very good indeed in very good marked dustwrapper rubbed at the edges.

Much has been said about Thesiger the man, the explorer, the 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: InThesiger returned to Africa, having received a personal invitation by Emperor Haile Selassie to attend his coronation.

The last picture is one I took on my return from Taif: This included a brief imprisonment in Saudi Arabia. Paperbackpages. I don’t know if the author showed amazing powers of clairvoyance, or he simply put in the text written some 10 years after the journeys later information about the effect of petrodollars pouring in and drastically changing the Gulf states social order, but he predicted the marginalization and the destitution of the nomads lifestyle that had endured unchanged for millenia.

I certainly admire their loyalty, perseverance, endurance, faith and generosity, which Thesiger described endlessly in the book. Andrew Barnes Booksellers Published: What remained was to learn about the author’s life before his travels of and to learn about the nomadic Bedu people, their culture, their way of life and their moral codes and values.

Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

Nearly every listing of the best best travel books mentions this book. He looks at his sandds compatriots with a critical eye for taking life for granted and feels more at home shivering under a thin blanket with an empty stomach and lips parched by thirst. The account of his travels across these lands show a harsh way of life that was about to vanish forever with the discovery of huge oilfields below the Arabian peninsular.


It’s also good to see that this book is still so readily available. Lawrence, he set out to explore the deserts of Arabia, traveling a “Arabian Sands” is Wilfred Thesiger’s hhesiger of his extraordinary journey through the parched “Empty Zrabian of Arabia.

Wilfred Thesiger was born into a privileged English background, the son of a diplomat, educated at Eton and Oxford. I’ve been studying these topics quite closely over the years, and I never quite “got it”, mostly because what I’ve read has an agenda. After a pause, he said, ‘By God, he was a man!

No eBook available Penguin. Arabian Sands is rightly recognised as a classic work. I read sanes book on a beach somewhere far away from the deserts of Arabia. We stayed for twenty days in Abu Dhabi, a small town of about two thousand inhabitants.

Sir Wilfred Thesiger: Arabian Sands, 1959. £195

The spine has no wear with pristine lettering. Thesiger crossed the Empty Quarter twice and also explored parts of Oman off limits to infidels such as him.

Pages xvi, with index. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it! Arabian Sands Penguin classics.

Retrieved 22 December There are three are several other passages I wish to share with sande. I have no complaints with the narration by Laurence Kennedy; he speaks clearly and at a perfect speed. Only the European foot counted in their history books. Slight fading to the spine, a very good copy. The map in the rear pocket is present and pristine.

He sancs us back to the [camp] where three men sat round the embers of a fire…. There is something of the outdated ‘noble savage’ Romantic outlook I’m thinking of Fenimore Cooper and the last of the Mohicans in the above quote, but the arguments Thesiger brings in support of his thesis are convincing and often heartbreaking.