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Arabian Sands

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

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    Thesiger left us a gift with this marvelous exploration...

    In Arabian Sands Thesiger documents a time, a place, and a people on the cusp of change. Largely responsible for mapping the 250,000 square miles of the largest sand desert in the world, The Empty Quarter, in the area of modern Yemen, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman, Thesiger realized that his work hastened the demise of the way of life he loved. "Regretfully, however, I realize that the maps I made helped others, with more material aims, to visit and corrupt a people whose spirit once lit the desert like a flame."

    Despite having no interest in writing, Thesiger is a natural. He describes the Sands: "gold and silver, orange with cream, brick-red wtih white, burnt-brown with pink, yellow with grey--they have an infinite variety of colors and shades." He records conversations and arguments, instances of laughter among men at night around a campfire, snatches of stories retold among his companions with much frequency. His closest friends were young boys when he chose them to accompany him. He describes them, transparently to us, with such clear attraction and admiration, that we know he held himself in check all those years. The boys accompanied Thesiger over a period of years, time and again ignoring dangers and deprivations to be in his company.

    This is a classic which stirs regret for a culture untouched.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

    Fascinating & informative

    Arabian Sands is the best resource I've found in my research on Bedouin life, & especially on traveling through the ultra-desert Empty Quarter in Arabia. (There's also some good info. on Ethiopia, at the beginning.)
    Thesiger respects and understands the people who give him hospitality. He's a fantastic storyteller. His writing is full of wonderful details and images. The book holds your attention.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Cave to white

    We train at next res

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Goldheart

    She purred happily

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Sunblaze

    Ginger tabby shecat with green eyes. 14 moons old. Wants a reliable and loving mate and kits. Strong willed but quiet, i can be moody too.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Training ground

    Training ground

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Kit Play Den

    A hole with a dirt ramp leading down to a den with ball things on sticks hanging from the roof, plenty of mossballs, a mossy floor, and sticks and things. There are also three stuffed toy mouses from the side of the thunderpath. It is very cool in here so kits will never get hot.

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