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The Marsh Arabs
     

The Marsh Arabs

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by Wilfred Thesiger, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction)
 

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“Five thousand years of history were here and the pattern was still unchanged.”
 
During the years he spent among the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq, Wilfred Thesiger came to understand, admire and share a way of life that had endured for many centuries. Travelling from village to village by canoe, he won acceptance by dispensing

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“Five thousand years of history were here and the pattern was still unchanged.”
 
During the years he spent among the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq, Wilfred Thesiger came to understand, admire and share a way of life that had endured for many centuries. Travelling from village to village by canoe, he won acceptance by dispensing medicines and treating the sick. In this account of his time there, he pays tribute to the hospitality, loyalty, courage and endurance of the people, describes their impressive reed houses, the waterways and lakes teeming with wildlife, the herding of buffalo and hunting of wild boar, moments of tragedy and moments of pure comedy, all in vivid, engaging detail. Untouched by the modern world until recently, these independent people, their way of life and their surroundings suffered widespread destruction under the regime of Saddam Hussein. Wilfred Thesiger's magnificent account of his time spent among them is a moving testament to their now threatened culture and the landscape they inhabit.

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"It is one thing to tell the story of an expedition . . . it is quite another to convey the atmosphere. . . . This is a richly rewarding book." —The Observer

"His voyage through desert waters will remain, like his Arabian Sands, a classic of travel writing." —The Times (London)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141442082
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/02/2008
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
728,239
Product dimensions:
5.11(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"It is one thing to tell the story of an expedition . . . it is quite another to convey the atmosphere. . . . This is a richly rewarding book."
-The Observer, London

"His voyage through desert waters will remain, like his Arabian Sands, a classic of travel writing."
-The Times, London

Meet the Author

Wilfred Thesiger (1910-2003) was a British explorer and travel writer. He was born at Addis Ababa, Abyssinia (now Ethiopia). Educated at Eton and Oxford, he worked in the Sudan Political Service and later, for a year, as a Political Officer for the Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selassie. He is best known for two travel books: Arabian Sands (1959) and The Marsh Arabs (1964).
 
Jon Lee Anderson (introducer) is one of America's most respected foreign correspondents and a staff writer for The New Yorker. He is the author of The Lion's Grave: Dispatches From Afghanistan (2002) and The Fall of Baghdad (2004).

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The Marsh Arabs 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wilfred Thesiger traveled among the Marsh Arabs in Iraq and gives a fair and honest testimonial about his experiences and feelings. While not white washing everything about the people he is always fair and the reader is left with a feeling of respect for them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago