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A Winter in Arabia: A Journey Through Yemen
by Freya Stark
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0879512784, Hardcover)In this follow-up to THE SOUTHERN GATES OF ARABIA, Freya Stark chronicles a winter spent in the heart of the Hadhramaut Desert excavating what may have been one of the ancient cities of South Arabia.
While traces of an earlier civilization were being uncovered Stark recorded the day-to-day life of an Arab town rarely visited by outsiders. Through the expressiveness of her prose she brings to life the figures of the villagers with whom she lived.
"I do not see how her books can avoid their obvious destiny, inclusion in the aristocracy of letters." (The Evening Star, London)
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In 1934 Freya Stark made her first journey to the Hadhramaut in what is now Yemen - the first woman to do so alone. Even though that journey ended in disappointment, sickness, and a forced rescue, Stark, undeterred, returned to Yemen two years later. Starting in Mukalla and skirting the fringes of the legendary and unexplored Empty Quarter, she spent the winter searching for Shabwa - ancient capital of the Hadhramaut and a holy grail for generations of explorers.
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