To recover the loss, Lawrence finally authorized an edition for the general public - but one even further abridged, titled "Revolt in the The first manuscript was supposedly lost in a railway car and never found. This book is a must read for anybody interested in the history of this region of the world.
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Feisal went after them to get first-hand knowledge of Gallipoli conditions, since a breakdown of Turkey would be the Arab signal. Of course our rewards and pleasures were as suddenly sweeping as our troubles; but, to me in particular, they bulked less large. Its winding, even streets were floored with damp sand solidified by time and as silent to the tread as any carpet.
Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph
The Arabs would not give up their rich and flexible tongue for crude Turkish: At last the Turks found that they needed the Hejaz under their unquestioned sway as part of the stage furniture for their new pan-Islamic notion.
There is one shockingly intimate chapter in which he is captured in Deraa, tortured, pillars raped or "just" sexually assaulted, it's not entirely clear.
It's beautiful, all right, but nearly opaque. But lawrende is the story written bythe man himself. He wrote to his father counselling further delay, till England should be ready and Turkey in extremities. Nobody told him to capture the strategic port of Aqaba - that was his idea. He was wondering if the walk to the Consulate was long enough to wet me a decent, solid, harmonious colour; and I was wondering if all he ever sat on would grow scarlet as himself.
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Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Lawrence described this version as "hopelessly bad" in literary terms, but historically it was "substantially complete and accurate". I know about how one time, he lay down and when he woke up, there were lice that crawled out of his hair. They looked outside for help, and expected freedom to come by entreaty, not by sacrifice. My poverty had constrained me to mix with the humbler classes, those seldom met by European travellers, and thus my experiences gave me an unusual angle of view, which enabled me to understand and think for the ignorant many as well as for the more enlightened whose rare opinions mattered, not so much for the day, as for the morrow.
The commons ceased to feel in tune with their governors, whose culture lawence Levantine, and whose political theory was French. We did what we set out od do, and have the satisfaction of that knowledge. Lawrence somehow manages to be self-deprecating and completely arrogant at the same time, in a way that's startlingly oblivious.
That was hard to read one star for that!
Aside from the battle scenes, many of the descriptions of the Arabs and their way of life are marvellous. Willy-nilly it became a faith. We had sold ourselves into its slavery, manacled ourselves together in its chain-gang, bowed ourselves to serve its holiness with all our good and ill content.
Being a manufactured people, their name had been changing in sense slowly year by year. The Widian below Mecca and Taif are crowded with the memories and place-names of half a hundred tribes which have gone from lawgence, and may be found to-day in Nejd, in Jebel Sham-mar, in the Hamad, even on the frontiers of Syria and Mesopotamia.
But we never get enough information to lxwrence understand how his mind works, despite spending almost pages in it. Lawrence later in the 's sold the U.
Seven Pillars of Wisdom, by T. E. Lawrence
Anyone who comes to Lawrence autobiography expecting to find a clearer answer to that question is bound to come away disappointed. We lived for the day and died for it.
Feisal's correspondence with his father was an adventure in itself. He is so descriptive and it makes you want to strangle him sometimes. And that's without even getting into the grueling weather, the sleepless nights, the getting shot at, the endless killing, and the time he gets violently raped by an enemy leader while captured in disguise! Their advocacy confirmed in Lord Kitchener the favourable impression he had derived years before when Sherif Abdulla appealed to him in Egypt; and so McMahon at last achieved our foundation stone, the understanding with the Sherif of Mecca.
But the point I am sefen is that in order to step out of the ordinary, the mold has to be broken, and cracking that mold often corresponds to a cracking the psyche. He spoke arabic and he strongly identified with the Arab cause of independence. He spent years fighting on behalf of the Arabs, wearing the desert robes and traveling everywhere on camelback. His shadow would have covered our sevfn and British policy in the East like a cloak, had he been able to deny himself the world, and to prepare his mind and body with the sternness of an athlete for a great fight.