A Winter in Arabia

A Winter in Arabia One of the most unconventional and courageous explorers of her time Freya Stark chronicled her extraordinary Travels in the Near East establishing herself as a twentieth century heroine A Winter in

  • Title: A Winter in Arabia
  • Author: Freya Stark
  • ISBN: 9781585672905
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of the most unconventional and courageous explorers of her time, Freya Stark chronicled her extraordinary Travels in the Near East, establishing herself as a twentieth century heroine A Winter in Arabia recounts her 1937 8 expedition in what is now Yemen, a journey which helped secure her reputation not only as a great travel writer, but also as a first rate geographeOne of the most unconventional and courageous explorers of her time, Freya Stark chronicled her extraordinary Travels in the Near East, establishing herself as a twentieth century heroine A Winter in Arabia recounts her 1937 8 expedition in what is now Yemen, a journey which helped secure her reputation not only as a great travel writer, but also as a first rate geographer, historian, and archaeologist There, in the land whose nakedness is clothed in shreds of departed splendor, she and two companions spent a winter in search of an ancient South Arabian city Offering rare glimpses of life behind the veil the subtleties of business and social conduct, the elaborate beauty rituals of the women, and the bitter animosities between rival tribes, Freya Stark conveys the perpetual charm of Arabia that the traveler finds his own level there simply as a human being.

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    1. I read this in parallel with the recent, excellent bio of Stark, Passionate Nomad, by Jane Fletcher Geniess. Stark's lyrical descriptions of people and settings in the Middle East are matched only by T. E. Lawrence. I became a nuisance with this book, trailing my husband around the house, reading out quotes.

    2. This half-journal / half-diary recounts Stark's second trip to Arabia, made during the unprecedented time of "Ingram's Peace" in 1937, named after the British political officer Harold Ingrams. It's hard to believe, but we Brits were actually popular in Arabia at this time. How things change!Stark travels in the company of two other women, a game geologist, who joins in with the festivals, and an archaeologist uninterested in the locals or their customs (she wears a pair of trousers, which is tan [...]

    3. I received this book from a dear friend and it spent years on my bookshelf until I finally finished it. What a bizarre book for a modern Arab-American to read. On the one hand, Stark is completely phenomenal to be a woman with two other female companions in rural Yemen in the 1930s. She speaks fluent Arabic and has an understanding of the culture that, frankly, I've never seen in many modern books about this part of the world. There are incredibly funny moments where the locals trick her into bu [...]

    4. In our loving review of her first book, Baghdad Sketches, I wrote that "Freya Stark was famous for her unwillingness to be a shrinking violet, her willingness to travel alone through sites that the colonials had decided were altogether too beastly places, they thought, that no sane woman should visit either with others, or, worse, alone." I think she was able to get by in such solitary journeys because she had an extra sensitivity to the cultures she was visiting was careful not to jog the pre [...]

    5. Freya Stark sounds more intriguing than her writing. In the 30s and 40s , she was one of the first travel writers. That being said her writing is devoid of feeling, dull and boring.

    6. I had never heard of Freya Stark until I read Jessa Crispin's excellent article "How Not to be Elizabeth Gilbert" - bostonreview/books-ideas/.Stand down, Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed. You have nothing on the writing and the travels of Freya Stark. Unlike the former ladies whose books make me feel like I've been staring at their navels for far too many pages, by the end of Stark's book, I felt like I had been right beside her throughout her entire trip through what is today Yemen but in 1 [...]

    7. excerpt: When we came home I pressed a few plants I had collected and asked Husain, still ecstatic from his ride, to put a heavy box on to the books with which I covered them."That is impossible," said he.I thought he meant it was too heavy, and said: "Nonsense,""But," said Husain, "one should not put anything on top of a book. The word of God may be inside."I'm having difficulty choosing between 3 and 4 stars. Freya Stark wrote this memoir about the time she spent in Yemen in 1937 and 1938. The [...]

    8. Because I so enjoyed Alice Steinbach's memoir "Without Reservations" with its many quotes by Freya Stark, I put in a request at the local library for one of Stark's books and got "A Winter in Arabia". I found it slow goingok me much longer than usual to finish. It was difficult to follow her travels in what is now Yeman even with a detailed map from Google so most of the time I had no idea where she was. I couldn't imagine that a woman travelling with 2 other women in that country in 1937-38 cou [...]

    9. After Isabella Bird, Freya Stark was a breath of fresh air. She travelled to the Arabian peninsula in the 1930s as part of a team of archæologists under the auspices of the Royal Geographic Society to explore and document preIslamic ruins. She clearly loves everything about the place; the people, the food, the scenery. Things that would have driven me nuts-- people constantly asking her for money or trying to sell her useless junk, for example, she merely brushes off with a good natured quip. S [...]

    10. I greatly admire Freya Stark's travels and life - gutsy, smart, and inspired. From her own point of view, hers was a richly and brilliantly lived life - and that's not easy to do, particularly for a woman in the early 1900's. You go girl! I'm not sure it matters whether she was also a good writer. But she wasn't. I got so bored with the book I put it down and didn't finish it, which is unusual for me and unfortunate since I find both Freya and the Middle East fascinating. I'm thinking to go back [...]

    11. Besides having an awesome name, Freya Stark was quite an interesting explorer and travel writer. She travelled around the Middle Eastern countries alone (shockingly, for her times) in the 1930s and 1940s. She was a British woman, raised in Italy, and with an interest in archaeology and languages. In her travels, she easily won over local people by impressing them with her knowledge of their languages. Her writing is fantastic, when describing both the landscapes and the people. If you have any i [...]

    12. Hmm Well I am enjoying, however, I thought it would be different. There are times it's hard to read: sometimes I don't understand what the diary entry is about, the culture words and names, and its because part of it is in a diary form - it doesn't roll like a story. When I do understand what the diary entry is about I love learning about how the people of the area live, their culture. Usually, I don't care for a lot of description, however, in this book it's appreciated. I recommend this book t [...]

    13. Interesting. Gives one an insight into the way the British saw the 'uncivilized world'. It also sheds light on the region one Century ago. Some how, I can't get myself to keep on reading it, even though I've started doing that more that a year ago.The book seems to fit more into the history category rather than a strictly travel book.

    14. Read this book as the State Department recommended it for folks heading to Yemen. Despite reading every word on all 200+ pages, I barely remember a think about this collection of diary entries except that she and her archeologist friend got sick a lot and that Stark appreciated the Yemeni landscapes. Big snooze

    15. I'm thinking this is more my failure than the author's. I grew quickly bored of this and just DNF partly I am not outdoorsy, partly the idea of Yemen feels dull because it's mostly, well, outdoorsy. At least back then. as a picture book, it probably would have been fabulous. Scenic as all get out. But the idea of roughing it through the scenery DNF. Call me shallow.

    16. 20 May 2010 - very descriptive, but a little hard to follow where she was going, and some of her terms were unfamiliar. A good glossary would have been helpful. Still it was an interesting snapshot of a moment in time.

    17. Astonishing story and very well-written. Obviously like Thesinger the works she described has now disappeared under mountains of concrete and luxury resorts, so this is a historical gem. Unavoidably blue-stocking but fun all the same.

    18. She writes as though her travels and time Yemen were ordinary, even though they were quite extraordinary for the time.

    19. I loved this book. Stark understoond the idea of learning what is important to native people and acting accordingly!

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