Seven Pillars of Wisdom

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Wordsworth Editions, 1997 - Fiction - 665 pages
192 Reviews
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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A prose writer, our Lawrence is not. - Goodreads
That was hard to read (one star for that!). - Goodreads
great insight on the Middle Eastern mindset. - Goodreads
Some of Lawrence's prose is a little hard to follow. - Goodreads
I enjoyed its leisure and was sorry at its ending. - Goodreads
The few maps in his book were hard to read. - Goodreads

Review: Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (The Authorized Doubleday/Doran Edition)

User Review  - Daniel Hellspong - Goodreads

What a massive disappointment. Lawrence expounds on situations and incidents that do not inform the reader at all of the greater picture, there's no attempt to tie together things into a strategic or ... Read full review

Review: Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (The Authorized Doubleday/Doran Edition)

User Review  - Czarny Pies - Goodreads

This a great book by a great man who describes his role in the Arab revolt during WWI against the Ottoman Turks. The accusation that has been made against it is that author deliberately downplayed his ... Read full review

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Contents

Authors Preface
3
introduction Foundations of Revolt
9
The Discovery ofFeisal
47
Opening the Arab Offensive
99
The Raid upon the Bridges
373
The Dead Sea Campaign
445
The Ruin of High Hope
499
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About the author (1997)

Angus Calder, author of the widely read The People's War: Britain 1939-1945 is a freelance writer based in Edinburgh. An essayist and poet, his other works include The Myth of the Blitz, Colours of Grief and, with Luath Press, Scotlands of the Mind. Poet and activist Beth Junor has been writing poetry, essays and pamphlets since she was 19. During the Cold War she was jailed seven times for non-violent protests against the military. She is a health professional and her work in paediatric language and communication disorder is widely respected.

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