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WILFRED THESIGER

Posted by mukikamu on November 14, 2007

If you care to read about the wisdom and meekness of the Desert and its Bedu people, Arabian Sands is your Bible. This enchanted and spiritual volume completely satisfied my hunger for the romanticism and mysticism of travel and brought the dreamlike and psyhedelic part of the Arab world directly to my heart. Thesiger is an extraordinary bloke, stubborn in his pursuit of adventure and uncompromising in his extreme rules of assimilation. Living with the nomadic Arab tribes of the Empty Quarter between 1945-50, just before the discovery of oil, he gives a thorough insight to how locals cope with  living under desperately harsh circumstances. The key of survival lies in the power of community; alone you are doomed in the waterless sands. Reading this book you will reach to the very root of the fatalism, generosity, poetry, pride, humour, courage, patience and the uncompromising hospitality of Arabic people. The landscape here has dominance over personality and somewhere between the starry skies of snow cold sand and the windy dunes of blinding sun ‘basic truths emerge’. I was completely enchanted.

 “For this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match.”

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More about Wilfred Thesiger here>> and here>>

His pictures of Arabia here>>

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