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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Feeling anxious in case something had happened to him, I went over and asked
one of the children, 'Where is Lawi?' The boy replied, 'He's in your car.' I went
back to it and found Lawi sitting in the front seat. I said, 'What are you doing in the
Gavin Young was first visitor to Lawi's house above the valley, with thatched huts
nearby on smooth green hillsides, where the clanking cowbells echoed and
Samburu neighbours greeted Thesiger with cries of 'Jambo! Jambo, mzee juu!
40 At Maralal, Thesiger's quartet of young Samburu had been replaced by a trio,
of whom Lawi remained the undisputed leader. Lawi found another promising
teenager, who said his Samburu family name was Lekakwar, and that he was ...
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