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Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (Penguin Modern Classics)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I bought this from Amazon as a hardback.

I know it's the same text, as it has the same spelling mistake in the introduction, which you can see if you use the Amazon "look inside" feature. It says: "Some Englishmen, of whom Kitchmer was chief..." Most Englishmen, and indeed any Englishman who wants to read this book, would know that is "Kitchener," not "Kitchmer," but "Kitchmer" passes a spell checker, and this is far from being the only howling typo in this edition. So the people who prepared this edition probably scanned it in from another source, and used the fact that this edition is now out of copyright, to make some money out of cheap, low volume custom printing.

The illustrations in mine were not proper photographic plates, but cheaply printed and poor quality, too.

It is sad - I so wanted a hard back edition, but I found the best accessible edition was still the paperback Penguin Modern Classics, which I have bought, and the book is now a constant companion on my E-reader.

I would avoid this edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2008
T.E. Lawrence was a brilliant writter and extremely well educated! The amount of detail that he uses to describe the terrain and the geology surrounding him at most times is amazing!

Half way through the book the inner termoil and conflict growing within T.E. Lawrence becomes evident and seems to grow till he has confilicting thoughts about certain issues and people. Also, the disgust that he feels about the whole deception towards the Arabs seems to grown near the end of it all!!

Even though the book does offer a great deal of historical insight, he was worng regarding several and major aspects of the people who surounded him!

All in all, an immaculately written book definitely worth reading!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 1999
One of the enduring themes of Lawrence's story for me is his stubborn and courageous quest for significance, which came closest to reaching the grail in the hostile world of the Arabian desert and its bedouin culture, which both attracted and repelled him. Lawrence's writing is compelling, and we see that he was a driven man, with deep sensitivities and complexities. Yet he overcame these for the years of war, during which he was a 'man of action' who achieved campaign results with his Arab allies that would have been impossible for almost anyone else. After the campaign was won, Lawrence suffered the thinker's self-questioning over what exactly he had wrought, and the let-down of the urgent leader with no more battle to fight, who has to face again the questions of his own identity. Readers for whom the theme of individualistic quest resonates may want to compare a new account of Lawrence's bold desert predecessor, Charles Doughty, whom Lawrence acknowledged as a mentor and whose "Travels in Arabia Deserta" was a vital guide during the Arabian campaign. Lawrence's public recognition of Doughty - in "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" and elsewhere - rescued the old explorer-writer from obscurity and the two became admiring friends. They shared many of the same conflicts, deriving from partial acceptance of English traditional values and the occasional attraction of the more elemental norms of their reluctant Arab hosts. Andrew Taylor's "God's Fugitive" tells the fascinating story of Doughty's lonely and dangerous travels in the 1870s, which he started by smuggling himself along with a Haj caravan to Mecca, as well as of his obdurate refusal to compromise with militant Bedouin Muslims or conventional English editors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2013
This fascinating memoir of `Lawrence of Arabia' covered a lot more ground than the classic film, and there is a lot of military wisdom covered in his writings. I understand that armies used this book as a manual of sorts for several decades.

His writing style is fluid and rich in detail. His intelligence really comes across on the page. A remarkable book about a remarkable man. There are a few photographs contained in the book as well that add some background to the man. All in all, a great purchase at a great price.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2001
I think to read this book you really must have an interest in T E Lawrence's exploits and or the history of Arabia.
I found it very slow going to start with but I did get into it and eventually couldn't put it down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Seven Pillars of Wisdom is a masterpiece of British literature. It is an obligatory book for anyone who wants to acquire knowledge and culture. Ivan Sant'Anna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2006
Whatever the truth of his account, (see the numerous Lawrence biographies - the more critical the better) this book is brilliantly worded.

An orchestra of prose produced by a sharp English mind. The text is so poised, sharp and simply pulls you into Lawrences analysis of affiars stressing his judgement and also his regal vanity.

One of the most powerful reads of the 20th C. The English is hard to beat - a wonder of prose. If you like that style, try T. E. Lawrence's translation of the Odyssey as well.

I wish I could memorise much of this book - a controlled explosive account.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2013
'Peerless masterpiece'? - well no, actually. There is a lot to praise - and plenty of others already have - but this edition reads like a bloke who's lost his diary, and then tries to jot down what he can remember, in approximate chronological order, but with no particular trouble taken to explain who's who. Maybe it's because that's what did happen, and he was clearly as cheesed-off with the hassle of re-writing as he eventually was with the whole Arab Revolt thing... He even repeats at least one whole chunk verbatim (search on 'lech', @ kindle locations 8628 and 10908) - he really needed an editor.

However, it has to be said that for his time he's surprisingly frank. One really senses a complex, multi-layered personality, but he conceals this beneath a purported bluff, honest exterior. I get the impression of a sensitive man driven beyond breaking-point, who's also a skilled liar (diplomat?) distracting us with lesser confessions, to conceal the depths, whilst still hinting at them - a character study of an intelligent psychopath? There's a sense of 'stop me before I kill again', but although I have read little about Lawrence before I'm sure that's been said by many, and refuted by even more.

Notwithstanding this, the action is exciting, and redolent of its time. We're clearly seeing the forerunner of the SAS, both in tactics and point-of-view. Additionally, it serves as a good reference for anyone trying to comprehend the origins of the bloody mess in the Middle East of today. Arab values seem so different from the West that it is little wonder that they have difficulty functioning as anything like our conception of modern heterogeneous states - look at Syria at present.

What makes this eBook (Bybliotech Discovery) so execrable is the complete lack of proof reading. No one at the publishers could have read it through, even once. Throughout, 'life' (which T.E. uses a lot) is rendered as 'ME', and 'Ali' mostly as 'AH''. The reader has to constantly translate from Edwardian (which is OK, he's actually mostly quite plain-speaking for his era) to OCR-error speak, to contemporary phrasing. It's true that 99p isn't a lot to pay, by it seems like too much at 2am, when you're grappling with T. E.'s convoluted observations on ME and AH'... I've probably been churlish in my criticisms of a 'great man', but if you think so, then at least save your 99p and put it towards a worthwhile edition.

I think I need to buy a biography of T.E. now, as my interest is piqued...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2013
Seven Pillars of Wisdom is the autobiography of T.E. Lawrence, now popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia.

It is a unique and famous military autobiography, the fact that it has been a studied says a lot about the extraordinary actions of Lawrence. He could easily be considered a military mastermind for his use of guerrilla warfare, a new and revolutionary theory at the time.

This isn't just a story of the war, it's also a beautifully written piece of English literature. It's very easy to read and the style is such that it flows from paragraph to paragraph with ease.

The photos interspersed throughout really aid the story. This is a great literary work to have in eBook form.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2012
Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph
I purchased this edition and was hugely disappointed within the first 20 / 30 pages it was littered with anomalies , inaccuracies, spelling mistakes and printing errors it is an American reprint and to be honest I found it a poor one , I returned it and got a replacement copy from Amazon immediately but the replacement was exactly the same , claims to be the " The cpmplete 1922 text " but I found it a poor copy
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