Desert, Marsh and Mountain : The World of a Nomad, Paperback

Desert, Marsh and Mountain : The World of a Nomad Paperback

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This is a collection of Wilfred Thesiger's greatest journeys - in the Empty Quarter of Arabia, the marshes of Iraq, the mountains of the Hindu Kush and Kurdistan, and the Yemen - illustrated with Thesiger's own photographs.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages, 48pp b&w photographs
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780006548171



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wonderful travel/anthropological writing. A lost world brilliantly brought to life by a man who did it all. Superbley illustrated with photos that leap from the page.

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The author lived in Abyssinia, Africa, Arabia in the fifty year period between 1910-1968, and this is biographical travel writing. He lived among the Bedu before their life-style was lost in the oil transformations, and among the Marsh Arabs / Ma'dan, and the mountain people of the Hindu Kush. He loved this earth, and describes and photographs poignant pictures of nature and its fierce and gentle inhabitants. His service as an Englishman is matchless, but it is as an international son that he truly serves. While it is only sub-text, never express, he also rises above the tribal hatreds of his own island people in accepting the general homosexuality of Arabs, and pointing their fierce tribes toward cultural acceptance and religious tolerance they cannot yet practice.

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