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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Writing to them from the Danakil country or the Sudan, for example, he would
share his news or ask them to exchange his letters among themselves and with
their mother. Very often he wrote letters to his brothers that were geared to their ...
'It is small, up under the roof, but has two beds in it so there is room to spread my
books and papers, and they have put in a large writing table. I pay £13 a month. It
is right in the centre of the town which is convenient and has a good view out.
In the New Statesman, V.S. Pritchett observed that writing Arabian Sands had
given Thesiger the opportunity 'to disclose the extraordinary experience, physical
and mental [of being] shut up in himself with stern determination for half an active
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