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The Complete 1922 "Seven Pillars of Wisdom": 'The Oxford Text' Hardcover – 25 Feb 2004
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Lawrence's intense and personal account of the Arab Revolt that culminated in the disastrous redrawing of Middle Eastern boundaries is especially fascinating given the continuing troubled state of affairs there. McMillan voices Lawrence, half medieval knight, half clear-eyed chronicler, with utter conviction. --Christina Hardyment, The Times
Almost a century after the first Arab spring the 1916-18 revolt against the Ottoman empire, culminating in the triumphant capture of Damascus modern Arabia is still a war zone. More than half the articles in my latest Talking Newspapers Digest are about the Middle East what better reason to listen to a new unabridged version of this monumental account of the author's leading role in that earlier historic desert campaign, which made him one of the great legendary heroes of all time. --Sue Arnold, The Guardian
Known to most as Lawrence of Arabia, T.E. Lawrence was a passionate chronicler of Middle East military events during WWI, in which he was embedded. This book is his story. Narrator Roy McMillan conveys Lawrence's sincerity with a calm yet enthusiastic delivery, depicting a man fascinated with the world around him. Through McMillan's compassionate reading we can better understand how Lawrence found sympathy for the Arab cause of an Arab state at a time when the region was mostly tribal. Those seeking a wider understanding of the Middle East will be enlightened by Lawrence's observations of the land and its people during this pivotal development period. --F.T., AudioFile --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But let me tell you, folks: it's seriously slow going. Here is a man so highly educated that his writing seems, at times, impenetrable. Be it the philosophy of guerrilla warfare, the wider scope of WW1 or the intricate tribal doings of the Bedouin people...whatever the subject, this man writes like a true Oxford scholar and his thoughts are hard to follow at times. I was tempted to give up on several occasions after rereading difficult passages (and there are many) up to three or four times...and still not quite grasping the meaning of it all. Making matters even trickier are the many names of Arabian families, factions and clans that float in and out of Lawrence's narrative. I found it hard just remembering who was who among the Allies, let alone the Egyptian/Arab/Turk/Syrian armies.Read more ›
The writing style is nineteenth century and the language and prose may be unfamiliar to many but this is the most rewarding book I have read. It's the one I unhesitatingly offer as the best ever.
To read this book is to know the man, the journeys, the politics, the battles. Although he himself admitted to his own ambiguity and uselessness as a British Pawn in the middle east, this book goes some way to dispel the Myth.
A must for anyone who is interested in the middle east, british / arab politics and a very colourful man
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A good edition of a great classic. Wise words on the Middle East problems, many of wEloquent and hich have changed very little in the past century.Published 2 days ago by Sixtus
Would just like to lead off with absolutely amazed at the speed this delivery has came, did not expect til late this week and came today (the next day) a pleasant surprise and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this after visiting Jordan, and with memories of Peter O'Toole in the film.
Turgid prose, very much of its time.
I haven't finished it.