16 November, 2012

Book Of Note: Freya Stark in Southern Arabia

Freya Stark's Photos
When Freya Stark died at age one-hundred, she had written about twenty-four books and several volumes of her letters; almost all her books are on Arabia. Her main passion was Hadhramaut. And it is Hadhramout, Wadi Hadhramaut in particular, that influenced her to publish: Freya Stark in Southern Arabia. Filled with photos, it is one of her least known books. It is not the quality of the photos in the 120 pages book that stand out; it is the photos being some of the oldest of Hadhramaut's landscape, people, their animals and their homes that strike you. Very rarely can you find such old, wonderful and vivid photos of Hadhramawt as in this book.

Freya Stark
Of life Freya Stark said: If we are strong, and have faith in life and its richness of surprises, and hold the rudder steadily in our hands. I am sure we will sail into quiet and pleasant waters for our old age. And into quiet and pleasant waters of old age she did sail in to.