"Following worthily in the tradition of Burton, Lawrence, Philby and Thomas, ["Arabian Sands"] is, very likely, the book about Arabia to end all books about Arabia." -"The Daily Telegraph," London "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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
With this book Wilfred Thesiger took his place among the few great Arabian travellers – not only as an explorer, but as a writer.
'Arabian Sands' covers the five years ending in 1950 which, with the exception of brief interruptions only, Thesiger spent in and around the Empty Quarter, the half million square miles of one of the cruellest deserts of the world. Before him, no othe trraveller European or Arab – apart from the Bedu who live there – had twice dared to cross those empty wastes. Travelling without European companions and living as an Arab, Thesiger's experience and knowledge of the desert life are unique – and will remain so, for the world he describes has vanished, succumbing to the invasion of technicians in search of oil.
Thesiger's account of the Arabian Sands and its people, its tribal warfare and ancient history, its daily life and landscape is widely hailed as a classic of Arabian travel literature.
'The crowning touches have been placed on this exploratory activity in Arabia by Wilfred Thesiger who is probably the greatest of all the explorers'
ST JOHN PHILBY
'This splendid book, magnificently illustrated with the author's photographs, is a feast.'
'Wilfred Thesiger is perhaps the last, and certainly one of the greatest, of the British travellers among the Arabs'
LT GEN. SIR JOHN GLUBB, 'Sunday Times'
'A MJOR ADDITION TO THE LITERATURE OF EXPLORATION'
PETER WORSLEY, 'Guardian'
'THE LAST GREAT BOOK ON ARABIAN TRAVEL'
Thesiger lives with Bedouin, insight into a traditional socieity, details of a very hard life. background to understanding Middle East, very well written.Published 3 months ago by DR M J W TAYLOR
The copy that I've read is actually the 2005 Folio Society version, (2 vols with The Marsh Arabs, Introduction by Tim Mackintosh-Smith). I found it incredibly absorbing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ali Waterson
One of the most entertaining and enjoyable books I have ever read. Thesiger writes with such simplicity yet leaves the imagination wondering.Published 10 months ago by P-L
It's the small details in this book which tell so much. I have lived in Saudi although not with the bedu and it's a wonderful place. Read morePublished 13 months ago by raj mc grath