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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Haig-Thomas sighted two that were hunting for moles. The k'ebero were 'unafraid
and curious', sometimes 'passing leisurely by within 20 yards'. In these highlands,
Thesiger noted, k'ebero were 'quite tame', and 'evidently plentiful from the ...
65 By mid-November, David Haig-Thomas had developed painful ulcers on one
leg and an abscess in his throat. Prickly grass seeds picked up in his socks
caused Thesiger's right foot to itch and swell. Haig-Thomas's ulcers got worse.
David Haig-Thomas must have been bitterly disappointed when his health
prevented him from rejoining the expedition. Thesiger's slightly ambivalent
postscript to the Arussi journey and Haig-Thomas's departure published in The
Life of My ...
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