Winter in Arabia

Winter in Arabia

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by Freya Stark
     
 

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One of the most unconventional and courageous explorers of her time, Freya Stark chronicled her extraordinary Travels in the Near East, establishing herself as a twentieth century heroine. A Winter in Arabia recounts her 1937-8 expedition in what is now Yemen, a journey which helped secure her reputation not only as a great travel writer, but

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One of the most unconventional and courageous explorers of her time, Freya Stark chronicled her extraordinary Travels in the Near East, establishing herself as a twentieth century heroine. A Winter in Arabia recounts her 1937-8 expedition in what is now Yemen, a journey which helped secure her reputation not only as a great travel writer, but also as a first-rate geographer, historian, and archaeologist. There, in the land whose "nakedness is clothed in shreds of departed splendor," she and two companions spent a winter in search of an ancient South Arabian city.

Offering rare glimpses of life behind the veil-the subtleties of business and social conduct, the elaborate beauty rituals of the women, and the bitter animosities between rival tribes, Freya Stark conveys the "perpetual charm of Arabia ... that the traveler finds his own level there simply as a human being."

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Times Literary Supplement
Here,for once in a very long while,is a book upon which the miser of superlatives may pour out his hoard of praise ... To read such a book ... is to be proud and thankful. For here is a lovely charity and calm courage,vivid gaiety,the strong peace of truth and understanding; and quietness.
New York Times Book Review
A treasure of rare distinction among travel books.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585672905
Publisher:
Overlook
Publication date:
04/30/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.96(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Freya Stark was born in Paris in 1893. She wrote twenty books, including Alexander's Path. After a series of sojourns in the Middle East that continued well into her eighties, she settled in Asolo, Italy, the town of her childhood, where she died in 1993 at the age of one hundred.

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