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The Marsh Arabs Hardcover – 16 Oct 2000

4.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (16 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000217068X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002170680
  • Package Dimensions: 24 x 15.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,207,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

Praise for The Marsh Arabs:

‘A masterpiece’
H.D. Ziman, Daily Telegraph

‘Here is the fascination of a stange land and the power to convey it.’
The Times

Praise for Among the Mountains:

‘A matchless portrait of a vanished world’
Daily Telegraph

‘Here is true grandeur in the landscape and true dignity in the man’
Scotsman

‘The photographs alone make it worth a place on the traveller’s bookshelf’
Wanderlust

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.

"A masterpiece."
H.D. ZIMAN, 'The Daily Telegraph'

"Here is the fascination of a strange land and the power to convey it."
THE TIMES

"The greatest of living explorers."
RAYMOND MORTIMER, 'Sunday Times'

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