Yemen : The Unknown Arabia

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Yemen is arguably the most fascinating and least known country in the Arab world. Long regarded by classical geographers as a fabulous land where flying serpents guarded sacred incense groves, our current ideas of this country at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula have been hijacked -- by images of the desert, by oil, by the Gulf War. But, as Tim Mackintosh-Smith reminds us with this brilliant book, there is another Arabia.In Yemen -- winner of the Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph Travel Book Award and a bestseller in five printings in the UK -- Mackintosh-Smith writes with an intimacy and depth of knowledge gained through thirteen years among the Yemenis. Crossing mountain, desert, ocean and three millennia of history, he portrays a land where men chew leaves and camels live on fish; where men wear pinstriped lounge-suit jackets on top, skirts below, and wicked curved daggers in the middle; a city that seems to have been baked, not built, of iced gingerbread. In this book, Yemen is a part of Arabia, but it is like no place else on Earth. A book in the tradition of the best of Pico Iyer, Yemen is an Arabian Grand Tour, a book in which every page is filled -- like the land it describes -- with the more

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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 159.8 x 236 x 27.4mm | 597.18g
  • Overlook Press
  • English
  • 1585670014
  • 9781585670017

About Tim Mackintosh-Smith

Tim Mackintosh-Smith has lived in Yemen since 1982, earning the official title of Shaykh of Nazarenes. This, his first book, won the Thomas Cook Travel Book more

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“Mackintosh-Smith brings us to a place we don t know at all and lets us in . . . he seems incapable of writing a dull sentence, and in him the scholar, the linguist and the storyteller swap hats with marvelous speed.” —Jason Goodwin, The New York Times Book Reviewshow more

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