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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I am not sufficiently interested in the people to feel it is worth ruining my health at
a job in which I have not got my heart. These pagans are too primitive,
unsophisticated, and crude to be interesting. I still keep pulling strings to get that
job in the ...
They feel that after the toil and weariness of the rains they are at last going to get
their chance and that tomorrow will be their day. I hope they will do well and feel
sure that they will. They are a fine crowd. I have done a couple of rather exciting ...
51 Numbed by the 'incredible' news," Wilfred wrote half- rhetorically, searchingly,
to his mother: How can I express what I feel yet you will know, as I know. I feel an
empty sense of loss now that he is gone, for he was so very fine. He was so far ...
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