Books: Arabian Days

A Saga of Thirst, Hunger and Weariness of the Flesh

The Story. There are books that find their audience instantaneously— and oblivion soon. There are books whose first popularity the years do little to diminish. And there are books whose progress toward a place in the ranks of acknowledged greatness is as gradual and irresistible as the advance of a glacier. Travels in Arabia Deserta* (first published in 1888) belongs in this last rare class. One recognizes that, if any tale of a journey in modern times may stand beside the tale...

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