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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No other Europeans apparently visited Nuristan until Sir George Scott Robertson,
a medical doctor from the Orkneys, lived for a year in 1890-91 in the Bashgul
valley while serving as a British agent in Chitral. In 1888 Kipling wrote his
5 In Among the Mountains, Thesiger wrote: 'After a valiant but unsuccessful
attempt to reach the summit, they had travelled down to Puchal in Nuristan, and
come back to Panjshir over the Arayu pass. We spent a pleasant evening . . .
Thesiger vented his feelings in his diary: 'NEVER travel in Nuristan dependent on
local transport. The locals will unscrupulously exploit you. Use porters, not horses
and bring them from ... Panjshir.'"0 The Pashaie villagers Thesiger met in ...
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An eccentric explorer in the tradition of T.E. Lawrence, Wilfred Thesiger (1910-2003) lived with tribal warriors in Africa, traveled on camel through the Arabian desert and journeyed to the hitherto ... Lue koko arvostelu
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