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Hemmingway And Thesiger

A commentary on two of my favourite books, Wilfred Thesiger's Arabian Sands, and Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea:

Hemingway does for fiction
what Thesiger does for fact:
For what is the desert if not a sea,
and what is the sea if not a desert?
For are not camels the boats of the sand,
and are not boats the camels of the waves?
And what is fact but words and memories,
and what is fiction, but the facts of dreams?
And what is a poem, but an elegant means,
of making the obvious more than it seems?

ConradEdwards, May 2000

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