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A Reed Shaken the Wind: A Journey Through the Unexplored Marshlands of Iraq by Gavin Maxwell

A Reed Shaken

the Wind: A Journey Through the Unexplored Marshlands of Iraq by Gavin Maxwell

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ISBN : 9781850892724
Hardcover
283 pages
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The Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq were one of the most isolated communities in the world. Few outsiders, let alone Europeans, had been permitted to travel through their homeland, a mass of tiny islands lost in a wilderness of reeds and swamps inMoreThe Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq were one of the most isolated communities in the world. Few outsiders, let alone Europeans, had been permitted to travel through their homeland, a mass of tiny islands lost in a wilderness of reeds and swamps in southern Iraq.One of the few trusted outsiders was the legendary explorer, Wilfred Thesiger, who was Gavin Maxwells guide to the intricate landscape, tribal customs and distinctive architecture of the Marsh Arabs. Thesigers skill with a medicine chest and rifle assured them a welcome in every hamlet, and Maxwells training as a naturalist and writer has left an invaluable record of a unique community and a vanished way of life....prose close to poetry... - New York Timesan almost perfect book of travel - The New Yorkerwe can only be grateful that... Maxwell recorded, while it lasted, a world whose existence would otherwise be impossible to imagine - Times Literary Supplement(from the book jacket)