peculiar autobiography : The Life of My Choice by
Wilfred Thesiger (1987).
Thesiger (1910-2003) was one of the great explorer authors of the twentieth
century, who walked and photographed and wrote about "adventure among untamed tribes in unknown lands" of
the middle east and Africa. The autobiography records a remarkable
story and expresses Thesiger’s fascination with the land of his birth,
Abyssinia (now Ethiopia).
at a walking pace under conditions of some hardship, I was perhaps
the last explorer in the tradition of the past. I was happiest when
I had no communication with the outside world, when I was utterly
dependent upon my tribal companions. My achievement was to win their
confidence . . . and in so many of my travels, to