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Wilfred Thesiger: The Life of the Great Explorer

 
 
Author
Alexander Maitland.
Publisher Overlook  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.6 inches
ISBN 9781590201633
Pages/Publication Date 528/2006
Daedalus Item Code 61760
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Perhaps the last of the great explorer-adventurers, Wilfred Thesiger (1910–2003) traveled extensively through some of the most remote places on earth—the mountains of western Asia, the marshes of Iraq, the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Desert—and produced books like The Marsh Arabs, Arabian Sands, and his memoir The Life of My Choice. In World War II he was awarded Britain's Distinguished Service Order for leading Sudanese troops against the Italians in Ethiopia, while his postwar travels earned him the Lawrence of Arabia Medal, the Livingstone Medal, and the Burton Memorial Medal. Alexander Maitland, Thesiger's longtime friend and editor, gives us a close-up portrait of this remarkable explorer, hunter, conservationist, writer, and photographer, discussing his family influences, his friendships with Arabs and Africans, and his now-acknowledged homosexuality.

"This authorized biography, published in the UK in 2006, will stand as the definitive work on Wilfred Thesiger.... Maitland's biography shows Thesiger as a (sometimes unacknowledged) giant in the field of exploration."—Library Journal

"It's the inner journey that resonates most in this sweeping biography of a late exemplar of the British yen for exotic self-exile.... Maitland, Thesiger's longtime friend and editor, serves up a vivid account of his adventures and a perceptive portrait of a complex man—ebullient hunter, repressed homosexual, man's man, and spiritual seeker who hoped that desert sand would scour clean his soul.... The scenery is magnificent, and Thesiger makes for a charismatic travel companion."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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