Looking for Arabian/Middle East Travel Lit (Pre 1950)
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I've just finished reading Wilfred Thesiger's 'Arabian Sands', and I also have his 'Marsh Arabs', along with a number of Freya Starks books to read. I have a number of Richard F. Burton 's books.
Any recommendations are welcome.
6: That Sounds like a Great companion to Wilfred Thesigers Marsh Arabs which I'm almost finished.
5: The Towers of Trebizond sounds hilarious.
I thought it was the 40s but it might bump right up against your 1950s timeframe.
I've read Travels With A Tangerine and recommend it.
In Come, Tell Me How You Live Agatha Christie recounts her adventures in the Middle East during the 1930s while accompanying her archeologist husband Max Mallowan.
Today, while at the used outlet at our library, I picked up Wilfred Thesiger's The Marsh Arabs.
The other authors that readily spring to mind have been covered (Burton, Stark and Thesiger).
By the way, in A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush which Maren mentions in post #5, Newby describes a meeting with Thesiger in the Kush of Afghanistan. Thesiger was being carried by helpers through the mountains, as he was incapacitated. I thought this was a lovely piece of anecdote, as i had just finished reading Thesiger's autobiography at the time.
Has anyone read 'A Thousand Miles Up the Nile' by Amelia Edwards ? I'd like to pick it up, but guess I'll find I used copy, since the current cheap edition is only half the book according to reviews.
Also, has anyone read 'With the camel corps up the Nile' by Count Gleichen, I can't resist the title but haven't seen any reviews.
The quotations from Starks’ autobiography and letters are so tasty that they cause a desire for more in me.
I shall have to make a choice: Jane Fletcher Geniesse mentions 4 volumes of autobiography and 8 volumes of letters in her bibliography.
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author of Live from Jordan
Let me know how 'Men of Salt' turns out, likely it will get picked up sometime this year.
Already have 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom'. 'Innocents Abroad' has popped up as a rec from a few people, so I'll add it my list :-) Thanks
I have other travelogs which have referred to 'Bertram Thomas', and that sounds pretty much dead on for what I'm looking for.
I also just picked up 'Dervish Diary' by 'Carl Vett' which is about 2 weeks spent in a Sufi Monastery in Istanbul circa 1925.
Keep the suggestions coming. It's been great so far.
Maybe from a female perspective - Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia - by Janet Wallach.
The Turkish Embassy Letters - by Lady Mary Wortley Montague
I am loving the suggestions so far.
It was written in the 19th century by the first Westerner who stayed in Mekka for a longer period of time. It is probably best read in the recent Dutch translation (Mekka), which contains a long introduction of the author and the book. This great scholar of Islam and Realpolitiker was not very impressed by the religious character of the city.
I finally ordered Hashish: A Smuggler's Tale, I'll post a review when I've finished it.
I finally started reading it. I really wanted to like it, but in the end I found the style very stilted/weird and couldn't go on. I wonder whether it's just the translation. Also he keeps glossing over certain events...in my other memoir I told you about...type of stuff. Maybe I'll try it again at a later date.
I did recently find out about another title I didn't know about The Empty Quarter by St. John Philby, father of spy Kim Philby. Added it to my list of books to buy.
Any time I ever see images of Dubai or Abu Dhabi on the TV, or hear about people visiting there for a holiday, I wonder what he would make of it all...