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ISBN-10: 0141442085
ISBN-13: 9780141442082
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: 12/01/2007
Dimensions: 7.76" L, 5.04" W, 0.65" H

The Marsh Arabs

Introduction by: Jon Lee Anderson

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Overview

“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)

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ISBN-10: 0141442085
ISBN-13: 9780141442082
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: 12/01/2007
Dimensions: 7.76" L, 5.04" W, 0.65" H
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