Seven Pillars of Wisdom
With an Introduction by Angus Calder.
As Angus Calder states in his introduction to this edition, 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom is one of the major statements about the fighting experience of the First World War'. Lawrence's younger brothers, Frank and Will, had been killed on the Western Front in 1915. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, written between 1919 and 1926, tells of the vastly different campaign against the Turks in the Middle East - one which encompasses gross acts of cruelty and revenge and ends in a welter of stink and corpses in the disgusting 'hospital' in Damascus.
Seven Pillars of Wisdom is no Boys Own Paper tale of Imperial triumph, but a complex work of high literary aspiration which stands in the tradition of Melville and Dostoevsky, and alongside the writings of Yeats, Eliot and Joyce.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Benedict8 - LibraryThing
I have listened to a few hours of selections read out loud on the Naxos label. I admire T.E. Lawrence aka Lawrence of Arabia. Lawrence is a very good writer and communicates well what the fuss was about in Arabia during World War I. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - justindtapp - LibraryThing
Seven Pillars of Wisdom is T.E. Lawrence's account of his actions in leading the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks in WWI. One reviewer called it a "novel traveling under the cover of biography ... Read full review
introduction Foundations of Revolt
The Discovery ofFeisal
Opening the Arab Offensive
The Raid upon the Bridges
The Dead Sea Campaign
The Ruin of High Hope