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Travels in Arabia Deserta

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This is an illustrated edition of a 19th-century travelogue written by Charles Montagu Doughty, a geologist with fluent Arabic, who travelled alone ... Show synopsis

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pacpaldoc

A Classic of Travel Literature

by pacpaldoc on Jun 14, 2007

Often compared to other great works of travel literature, Doughty's Travels in Arabia Deserta is both amazingly comprehensive and insightful and also wonderfully eccentric in both observation and language. Doughty took great risk in his exploration of "fanatic Arabia", and he writes with the passion of an opinated old codger. His style is discursive and sometimes argumentative, and it is solidly in the late Victorian tradition. He is also very funny. T.E. Lawrence, who wrote the Introduction to the 1921 Edition calls the book the greatest work on Arabia in English, and it is clearly a model for The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. The Random House Edition printed in the 1930s is the one to have, since it contains numerous illustrations and maps. In all, a great work.

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