The Marsh Arabs (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 25 Oct 2007
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It is one thing to tell the story of an expedition . . . it is quite another to convey the atmosphere. . . . This is a richly rewarding book.
"The Observer," London
His voyage through desert waters will remain, like his "Arabian Sands," a classic of travel writing.
"The Times," London
aIt is one thing to tell the story of an expedition . . . it is quite another to convey the atmosphere. . . . This is a richly rewarding book.a
a"The Observer," London
aHis voyage through desert waters will remain, like his "Arabian Sands," a classic of travel writing.a
a"The Times," London
"It is one thing to tell the story of an expedition . . . it is quite another to convey the atmosphere. . . . This is a richly rewarding book."
-"The Observer," London
"His voyage through desert waters will remain, like his "Arabian Sands," a classic of travel writing."
-"The Times," London
From the Back Cover
Wilfred Thesiger lived among the Marsh Arabs for eight years, sharing a threatened way of life which had lasted for millennia.
There was hardly a village in the Central Marshes – an area covering some 6000 square miles around the junction of the Tigris an the Euphrates – which Thesiger did not visit, however small. This is a landscape of islands, some fo them floating, many of them man-made; of lakes and waterways; where the reed houses are of a unique an impressive architecture; where the economy of the inhabitants is based largely on their herds of water buffalo. They fish, shoot wildfowl and hunt the enormous and dangerous wild pigs that ravage their crops. Travelling from village to village with his medicine boxes and his team of canoemen, Wilfred Thesiger came to know these people and their way of life intimately.
There are times of excitement and hardship, accidents, blood feuds, there are episodes of tragedy and happiness and moments of pure comedy. Not only does Thesiger evoke with great beauty the landscape and its teeming wildlife, but he brings to vivid life the friends he made among the Marsh arabs – the sheikhs, his canoemen and their families. Few travel books have described an area and its inhabitants with such knowledge or such evident sympathy.
H.D. ZIMAN, 'The Daily Telegraph'
"Here is the fascination of a strange land and the power to convey it."
"The greatest of living explorers."
RAYMOND MORTIMER, 'Sunday Times'
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Top Customer Reviews
Since then I've bought more of Thesigers books, and learned much more about this man. How I'd love to hear his opinion of the current day Iraq, now that really would be worth reading.
For those interested, read Gavin Youngs 'Return to the Marshes'some 20 years later and many things had already changed.
I must admit that while I initially found it interesting and absorbing,after two or three chapters it seemed to be more of the same and I had read enough to give me a feel of what life was like for the Marsh Arabs.
This book has some amazing pictures of a way of life now gone forever and introduces us to some of the people who lived it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gives a flavour of life in the Middle East before the current situationPublished 2 months ago by Fazmam
Brilliant insight into a lost way of life , with a philosophical reflection on what constitutes " progress " .Published 9 months ago by mick downes
Great and detailed review to the unique well organised social life expressing ancient customs.Published 11 months ago by ABDUL JABBAR MEHDI SALIH
This is a classic book, and a must have for anyone interested in the Middle East...Theisiger has a clear eye for detail, yet retains the charm of the area and its people...Published on 17 Dec. 2013 by Jacquie Matthews
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