Yemen by Tim Mackintosh-Smith

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Yemen is arguably the most fascinating and least known country in the Arab world. Classical geography described it as a fabulous land where flying serpents guarded incense groves. Medieval Arab visitors told of disappearing islands and menstruating mountains. Our current ideas of this country at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula have been overrun by images of the desert, by oil, by the Gulf War-but there is another Arabia. Writing with an intimacy and a depth of knowledge gained through thirteen years among the Yemenis, Mackintosh-Smith is a traveling companion of the best sort-erudite, witty, and eccentric. Crossing mountain, desert, ocean, and three millennia of history, he reveals a land that, in the words of a contemporary poet, has become the dictionary of its people. In Yemen: The Unknown Arabia we witness the extraordinary in the ordinary. Yemen is a part of Arabia, but it is like no place on earth, and Yemen is a book in which every page is filled-like the land it describes-with the marvelous.

About Tim Mackintosh-Smith

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Tim Mackintosh-Smith has lived in San'a— the Yemeni capital— for the last twenty years. His acclaimed "Travels with a Tangerine: A Journey in the Footnotes of Ibn Battutah "won him a Thomas Cook/"Daily Telegraph" Travel Book Award.
Published March 20, 2000 by Overlook Hardcover. 280 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Against the advice of his Arabic teacher (Why don't you go somewhere respectable?), Mackintosh-Smith decided to go to Yemen in 1982 and has been there ever since. As a result, this is no ordin

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Yemen: Travels in Dictionary Land by Tim Mackintosh-Smith John Murray £9.99 Ten years on from its first publication, Tim Mackintosh-Smith's Yemen remains an exceptional piece of travel writing, and surely one of the best general books on the culture of the South Arabian country.

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The book, a bestseller in Britain, takes the reader on Mackintosh-Smith's travels throughout this south Arabian land, introducing the reader to both wizened Yemenis and the perils of roughing it--even in the late 20th century--throughout a mainly unexplored land.

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