- Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
- Verlag: Penguin Classics; Auflage: Reissue (25. Oktober 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0141442077
- ISBN-13: 978-0141442075
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 2,3 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 10 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.045 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Arabian Sands (Penguin Classics) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 25. Oktober 2007
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"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
Wilfred Thesiger was born in Addis Ababa in 1910 and educated at Eton and Oxford. Though British, he was repulsed by the softness and rigidity of Western life, "the machines, the calling cards, the meticulously aligned streets, etc." In the spirit of T.E. Lawrence, Thesiger spent five years exploring and wandering the deserts of Arabia. With vivid descriptions and colorful anecdotes he narrates his stories, including two crossings of the Empty Quarter, among peoples who had never seen a European and considered it their duty to kill Christian infidels.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Thesiger was one of the first travelers that explored a great part of the Arabian desert, some parts unknown before to the western world. During a time where the desert was ruled by tribes in constant war with each other, in a time where raids where a constant occurrence, in a time where nomads where still nomads - born free, living free, the author traveled with them, always by food or on camel, always completely adopting to the nomad style of life. While he was living and traveling with his companions, mostly from the Rashid tribe, he became insight into their culture, customs, and thinking, like probably nobody else.
Now, 70 years later, what is left from these proud nomad tribes? So many of them have moved to cities, that this book reads almost like a fairy tale, a story about a world almost dead. A story about a culture that survived hundred of years of sand storms, droughts, hunger and thirst, incredible hardships, but a one point slowly could not withstand the seduction of money and modernity.
It is a wonderful, wonderful book that is an absolute joy to read.
Wilfred Thesiger himself recounted his motives as followed, "For me, exploration was a personal venture. I did not go to the Arabian desert to collect plants nor to make a map; such things were incidental. At heart I knew that to write or even to talk of my travels was to tarnish the achievement. I went there to find peace in the hardship of desert travel and the company of desert people. I set myself a goal on these journeys, and, although the goal itself was unimportant, its attainment had to be worth every effort and sacrifice[...] Everyone knew that there was nothing to be found on the top of Everest, but even in this materialistic age few people asked, "What point is there in climbing Everest? What good will it do anyone when they get there" They recognized that even today there are experiences that do not need to be justified in terms of material profit. No, it is not the goal but the way there that matters, and the harder the way the more worth while the journey. Who, after all, would dispute that it is more satisfying to climb to the top of a mountain than to go there in a funicular railway? Perhaps this was one reason why I resented modern inventions; they made the road too easy.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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What a challenge! Living for years among the Arabs of old. Thesiger was one of the few westerners who made the experience. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 1. März 2009 von Roman Nies
What an interesting book! I even dreamt about it. Before this book I had never imagined feeling compelled to visit a desert! Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 10. August 1999 von Bruce MacMillan
Thesiger's background and his detestation of the modern world (just after the end of the Second World War) made him uniquely suited to live and travel with the Bedu. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 11. Dezember 1998 von James W. Penrose
Wilfred Thesiger spends 5 years in the desert of Arabia in the company of the Bedu. This book is very well written and gives us a glance into a life that doesn't exist anymore. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 1. September 1998 veröffentlicht