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Sandstorms: Days and Nights in Arabia Paperback – August 17, 1991
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As Theroux mentions in his preface, much of his time in the Middle East was spent researching the 1978 disappearance of a Lebanese imam, Moussa Sadr. By the end of Sandstorms, Theroux has still not solved the riddle, but he has painted a remarkable portrait of the times, the people, and the politics of that volatile region.
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-David P. Snider, Casa Grande P . L . , Ariz.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Theroux splendidly tells of this little understood region and its people. In an age when we hear of nothing but the fanaticism of this race
of people and their intense religiosity, Theroux, I feel, manages to bridge the gap and bring a sense of humanism into his observations.
Theroux systematically and humourously deconstructs our hostile stereotypes of Arabs and casts them in a light that is
much more realistic and much more interesting to read. Throughout this book, which reads very smoothly and very effectively, he shows us the cultural and social elements of Arab life that few of us have bothered to considered. And, through this, one is able to understand the percieved fanaticism of the Arabs in a more appreciable way. I found that his obervations were, while precise, still very evocative. I wonder if being a journalist is particularly suited to this style of
What Theroux sets out to do is to shatter every easy Western assumption about life and history in the Middle East. With something of his brother Paul's eye for the incongruous, he tends to dwell on contradictions, ironies, and hypocrisies, and just about no one escapes being revealed as an unreliable narrator of the stories they have to tell. Most revealing in this regard is his account of working as a journalist in Saudi Arabia, a monarchy awash in oil wealth and a brand of radically conservative Islam. From this vantage point, we see the rivalries, prejudices, and grievances that characterize the Saudi view of other Middle Eastern nations. The Israelis, we begin to see, are only at the end of a sliding scale of animosity directed at everybody else in the region, including surprisingly the Palestinians. Change location to another country, as Theroux visits Cairo, then Jerusalem, then Damascus, and the perspectives are all altered again. Altogether, the book is like trying to view the Middle East through a kaleidoscope.Read more ›
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I knew Peter Theroux in Saudi, we worked for the same organisation, to say he was a wild card was an understatement and although the editor was interested in his stories, the... Read morePublished on February 28, 2011 by CjW
Peter Theroux wrote this book 20 years ago, just prior to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, an event which had far-reaching repercussions for the societies he depicts. Read morePublished on February 22, 2010 by John P. Jones III
Wonderful book. I lived for several years in Saudi Arabia but Theroux offered many insights which gave me an even more in-depth understanding of this fascinating country and its... Read morePublished on May 10, 2009 by R. Young
Riyadh had a throng of foreigners in it. There are alien confrontations. Saudi Arabia has never been colonized. Read morePublished on July 17, 2006 by Mary E. Sibley
As I live in Bahrain I was interested in Peter Theroux's book. Unfortunately he got carried away with his name and thought he could actually write a travel book. Read morePublished on August 23, 2001 by Paul D. Cleaver