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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Thesiger wrote: 'Geoffrey Archer ... a real giant ... six foot four and broad in
proportion ... lent Brian and me a .410 shotgun and took us shooting along the
shore, and when we got back told his skinner to stuff the birds we had shot; I was
Years later I learnt that Hodson went down to Sussex and told the headmaster
that if he beat either of us again he would have him taken to court.'45 In his late
sixties, Thesiger gave a less dramatic, more plausible, version of the story.
I sort of accepted that half of anything they told me was sheer nonsense. But their
standards are different from ours and you can't begin to compare them ... I was an
utter fool, I suppose, but I don't regret any of it ... The only thing, perhaps, was ...
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