Wilfred Thesiger: The Life of the Great Explorer
HarperPress, 2006 - 528 sivua
Wilfred Thesiger, the last of the great gentlemen explorer-adventurers, became a legend in his own lifetime. This authorised biography by a longstanding friend and associate delves into his little-known character and motivations, as well as recounting the details of his extraordinary life.While Wilfred Thesiger's own classic writings (including The Marsh Arabs, Arabian Sands, Desert, Marsh and Mountain, The Life of My Choice and My Kenya Days) comprehensively cover his classic journeys amongst the Marsh Arabs in southern Iraq, across the Empty Quarter in Arabia, they fail conspicuously to shed light on his character and motives, which have remained an enigma.Maitland's biography had Thesiger's support before he died in 2003, and has been written with full access, granted to no one else, to the rich Thesiger archive - vivid, intimate family correspondence, and his own letters, diaries and notebooks which are far more confiding than his scrupulously edited published accounts. Maitland investigates in depth Thesiger's parents and family influences; his wartime experiences and the ethos of conflict; his philosophy as a hunter and conservationist; his development as a writer and photographer; his close friendships with the Arabs and Africans amongst whom he lived; and his sexuality. In all, this major biography of a great and unusual man will take its place on the shelf of outstanding lives of the great explorers.
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Gavin Young, by contrast, 'had an instinctive understanding and affection for the
Madan, and I always looked forward to his brief visits to me from Basra.'40
Thesiger first mentioned Young in a letter to Kathleen from Kubaish in southern
75 Gavin Young, Thesiger's devoted friend and admirer, remembered him as he
was in Iraq in the 1950s, a tall figure plodding barefoot through the mud and
reeds. Beside him Amara, cool-headed, watchful, carried Thesiger's rifle.
Traveller', October 2003: 17 35. 137. ibid. 36. 138. WT verbatim: 1979 37. twenty-
four: Kenya Days 38. 1. DMM: 296 2. ibid. 39. 3. AS (reprint 2000): xv 40. 4. DMM:
298 41. 5. WT verbatim: 1990 42. 6. Gavin Young: In Search of Conrad, 43.
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