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    DescriptionDuring 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 have 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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    Title
    The Marsh Arabs
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Wilfred Thesiger, Introduction by Jon Lee Anderson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 250 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141442082
    ISBN 10: 0141442085
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FBQ
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 800
    B&T Merchandise Category: TVL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Abridged Dewey: 910
    LC classification: G
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 47
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07, 52
    B&T Approval Code: A19242000, A15301000
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23640
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 915.675044
    BIC subject category V2: 1FBQ
    Thema V1.0: WTL
    Edition statement
    Reissue
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, map, ports.
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    02 January 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger (1910-2003) was a British travel writer born in Addis Ababa in Abyssinia (now Ethiopia). Thesiger is best known for two travel books: Arabian Sands (1959) recounts his travels in the Empty Quarter of Arabia between 1945 and 1950 and describes the vanishing way of life of the Bedouins, and The Marsh Arabs (1964), an account of the traditional peoples who lived in the marshlands of southern Iraq. One of America's most respected foreign correspondents, Jon Lee Anderson is 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 ).
    Review quote
    "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