Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

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Penguin Classic’s edition of Wilfred Thesiger’s Arabian Sands, including an introduction by Rory Stewart,  is “a memorial to a vanished past”.

In the spirit of T.E. Lawrence, Wilfred Thesiger spent five years wandering the deserts of Arabia, producing Arabian Sands, “a memorial to a vanished past, a tribute to a once magnificent people”. The Penguin Classics edition includes an introduction by Rory Stewart.

Wilfred Thesiger, repulsed by what he saw as the softness and rigidity of Western life – ‘the machines, the calling cards, the meticulously aligned streets’ – spent years exploring in and around the vast, waterless desert that is the ‘Empty Quarter’ of Arabia. Travelling amongst the Bedu people, he experienced their everyday challenges of hunger and thirst, the trials of long marches beneath the relentless sun, the bitterly cold nights and the constant danger of death if it was discovered he was a Christian ‘infidel’. He was the first European to visit most of the region, and just before he left the area the process that would change it forever had begun – the discovery of oil.

Introduction by Rory Stewart

Imprint: Penguin Classics

Published: 25/10/2007

ISBN: 9780141442075

Length: 368 Pages

Dimensions: 198mm x 22mm x 129mm

Weight: 293g

In 1946, Penguin Classics was launched with E. V. Rieu’s million copy-selling translation of The Odyssey, on the understanding that there was an eager audience for accessible translations of classic works.
Since then, the series has grown to include nearly 3,000 of the greatest and most significant works written, spanning two-and-a-half millennia and representing every corner of the globe.

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