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
Thesiger's father had written a great many letters during his sojourns abroad, and
these his parents had kept carefully. Kathleen took great care of Wilfred Gilbert's
correspondence, which was housed in specially made linen-covered boxes.
He took such a lot of trouble with his light meter etc. Probably he would have
done better just to snap as I did. I wonder if any of the ones I took on the mountain
at Chelalo came out. It was so cloudy that I took time-exposures by guess work.
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