Arabia: A Journey through the Labyrinth

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ARABIA is the story of Jonathan Raban's magic carpet ride through Bahrain, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Yemen, Egypt and Jordan. Not only does it reveal the Arabs and their culture, it also introduces us to a series of memorable individuals.

Much of the book's strength is the author's gift for friendships. He brings us into markets and hotels to glamorous parties and seedy rooms, to a sheikh's fortress and the home of a Bedu family. He opens up the world of the rich and the poor and...

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Overview

ARABIA is the story of Jonathan Raban's magic carpet ride through Bahrain, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Yemen, Egypt and Jordan. Not only does it reveal the Arabs and their culture, it also introduces us to a series of memorable individuals.

Much of the book's strength is the author's gift for friendships. He brings us into markets and hotels to glamorous parties and seedy rooms, to a sheikh's fortress and the home of a Bedu family. He opens up the world of the rich and the poor and gives us the feel, the smells, the sounds, the very texture of Arabia.

"Beautifully written, poignant, funny, ARABIA is more than travel book, it is a tale of the collision of cultures, observed at an historically crucial time." (Publisher's Source)

An extraordinary "magic carpet ride of a book"(Newsday) through Bahrain, Qatar, Abudhabi, Dubai, Yemen, Egypt and Jordan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671748807
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/1991
  • Pages: 352

Meet the Author

Jonathan Raban
Jonathan Raban
“The appearance of a new book by Jonathan Raban is a bit like the arrival of an unheralded comet," Michael Thompson-Noel of The Financial Times once observed. "The heavens gently part and suddenly, here in orbit, shimmering with novelty, is a distinguished newcomer from an unimagined world.”

Biography

Jonathan Raban is the author of the novels Surveillance and Waxwings; his nonfiction includes Passage to Juneau and Bad Land. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Heinemann Award of the Royal Society of Literature, the PEN/West Creative Nonfiction Award, and the Governor's Award of the State of Washington.

He was born in England and has lived in Seattle, Washington, since 1990.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Hometown:
      Seattle, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 14, 1942
    2. Place of Birth:
      Norfolk, England

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