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29 July 07

Another 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).

Journeying 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