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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56 In The Life of My Choice he wrote, possibly referring to Maguer: 'I had hoped
to get one with hundred-pound tusks.'57 While he was among the Nuer, Thesiger
shot four elephant. The best 'had tusks of eighty-three and eighty-one pounds; ...
defence any charging elephant with small tusks. Eventually, he wrote, they 'found
4 elephants on some dry ground, with short grass not more than 3 feet high.
Large swamps and the river close by. They were all large bulls with decent tusks.
Yet, somewhat surprisingly, Thesiger believed the exception was 'elephant
hunting which is done largely for the renown attaching to a successful elephant
hunter'.44 In this respect he was no different from the Nuer. Killing lion, elephant
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