Revue de presse
"For Maitland, Thesinger's friend and literary collaborator for 40 years, this biography is clearly a labor of love. But it is also balanced, and doesn't avoid Thesinger's quirks or limitations . . . A superb tribute to an admirable but enigmatic man." — Booklist
"It's the inner journey that resonates most in this sweeping biography of a late exemplar of the British yen for exotic self-exile . . . Maitland (Speke and the Discovery of the Source of the Nile), Thesiger's longtime friend and editor, serves up a vivid account of his adventures and a perceptive portrait of a complex man--ebullient hunter, repressed homosexual, man's man, and spiritual seeker who hoped that desert sand would scour clean his soul . . . The scenery is magnificent, and Thesiger makes for a charismatic travel companion." — Publishers Weekly
"This authorized biography, published in the UK in 2006, will stand as the definitive work on Wilfred Thesiger . . . Maitland's biography shows Thesiger as a (sometimes unacknowledged) giant in the field of exploration. An essential purchase for exploration collections." — Library Journal
"Masterly." — Ben Macintyre, The Times
"For those nostalgic about for the glory days of the British empire, this biography should have a certain appeal." — Kirkus
"Maitland has done justice to an extraordinary subject." — The Scotsman
"This book is a worthy testament to an exceptional life . . . someone who evoked complete worlds of brutal majesty." — The Independent on Sunday
"Maitland's respect for his friend shines through all 544 pages ofWilfred Thesiger: The Life of the Great Explorer . . . In this biography, Maitland paints a portrait of Thesiger detailed in a way that only the work of a close friend could be . . . Maitland puts his work in order, preserving Thesiger's calm fascination with his travels while filling in the accounts with excerpts from letters, photographs, reports and interviews. The result is a striking and thorough biography of one of Britain's last great explorers." — Shelf Awareness
Présentation de l'éditeur
Wilfred Thesiger, the last of the great gentlemen explorer-adventurers, became a legend in his own lifetime. This authorised biography by a longstanding friend and associate delves into his little-known character and motivations, as well as recounting the details of his extraordinary life.
Wilfred Thesiger, the great explorer-adventurer and author of ‘Arabian Sands’ and ‘The Marsh Arabs’, and one work of autobiography ‘The Life of my Choice’, became a legend in his own lifetime, but his character and motivations have remained an intriguing enigma.
In this authorised biography – written with Thesiger’s support before he died in 2003 and with unique access to the rich Thesiger archive – Alexander Maitland investigates this fascinating figure’s family influences, his wartime experiences, his philosophy as a hunter and conservationist, his writing and photography, his friendships with Arabs and Africans amongst whom he lived, and his now-acknowledged homosexuality.