Seven Pillars of Wisdom (Anglais) CD – Livre audio, 17 février 2009
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Revue de presse
"Round this tent-pole of a military chronicle, T. E. has hung an unexampled fabric of portraits, descriptions, philosophies, emotions, adventures, dreams" (E.M. Forster)
"I am not much of a hero-worshipper but I could have followed T.E. Lawrence over the edge of the world" (John Buchan)
"Seven Pillars of Wisdom is one of the major statements about the fighting experience of the First World War" (Angus Calder)
"Emotional and mythic" (Guardian) --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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The text is longer than the second version.
But the writing is more "fluid" !
It's this version you must have in your library...
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Enough said about the original. This book has been around for nearly 100 years.
The text of the Kindle edition is shabby. It appears to have been scanned from a printed text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, and it is full of words that don't belong: the word "life" almost invariably appears as "Me" ("the gift of Me" [chapter 3] looks conceited even for this author); and the name "Ali" frequently appears as "Ah'", which complicates the difficulty of tracking the multitude of personal names. There are many other transcription errors to trip the reader. Also, why is the table of contents at the back of the book, where I found it only when I no longer needed it? Come on Amazon. You can do better than that!
The year is 1917, the setting is WWI, the place is Arabia.
T. E. Lawrence's autobiographical tale which led to the movie "Lawrence of Arabia" is narrated from the first-person point of view is a tedious, long, and wonderful narration of the British Arabia campaign - or WWI's eastern front.
Postured with a stalemate on the Western front, the British office in Cairo sends young Lawrence to explore the possibility of opening an eastern front by using the Arabs to fight the Ottoman Empire. By friending and understanding the needs of the multiple tribes that make up the Arab peninsula and their thirst for independence, Lawrence manages to organize an Arab insurgency that ends up taking over Damascus and helps win WWI for the allied forces.
However, in 1916, the French and British forces had decided the future of Arabia (Asia Minor) with the Sykes–Picot Agreement. The agreement allocated to Britain control of areas roughly comprising the coastal strip between the Mediterranean Sea and the River Jordan, Jordan, southern Iraq, and an additional small area that included the ports of Haifa and Acre, to allow access to the Mediterranean. France got control of southeastern Turkey, northern Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. Russia was to get Istanbul, the Turkish Straits, and Armenia. The controlling powers were left free to determine state boundaries within their areas. Given the Ottoman defeat in 1918 and the subsequent partitioning of the Ottoman Empire, the agreement effectively divided the Ottoman Arab provinces outside the Arabian peninsula into areas of British and French control and influence.
Reading Lawrence description of the multiple tribes and customs in the area, it is clear that the made up frontiers of the countries were neither governable nor stable. The agreement is still mentioned when considering the region and its present-day conflicts.
Lawrence prose is poetic and detailed. The dessert is viewed as property: "Men have looked upon the desert as barren land, the free holding of whoever choice; but in fact, each hill and valley in it had a man who was acknowledged owner and would quickly assert the right of his family or clan to it, against aggression." Fighting is an ideal: "As time went by our need to fight for the ideal increased to an unquestioning possession, riding with spur and rein over our doubts." Race: "At the same time I could not sincerely take the Arab skin: it was an affection only." Why Arabs fought: "...since the Arabs fought for freedom..." Even why they had homosexual sex: "They were an instance of eastern boy and boy affection which the segregation of women made inevitable."
if you're going to read this book, give yourself a long time to do it. Rushing it would only make it both unbearable and frustrating. I think this book should be read by anyone who wants to understand today's Middle East conflict.
Having already seen the movie, it was interesting to see how Hollywood depicted some of Lawrence's allies. The story took place almost 100 years ago. I mention it because, even today, it provides several insights on the region which explain current middle eastern issues, from both sides.
At times, it is a rambling account of whatever seemed to be on his mind at the moment he wrote it. At other times, it was a very detailed oriented account of his actions helping lead the Arab Revolt. The problem is that it is very hard to follow the characters, who they are, their background. For example, if he wrote "I was surprised someone like Abdul would do this," you wondered exactly who Abdul was and what it was about his character, probably previously described, that made his actions a surprise. Also, in addition to having a list of major characters, I would buy an edition which has a MAP -- or you should have one ready. I found myself googling period maps to track his travels and his actions.
I'm thinking about purchasing the Lowell account to see if it is a bit more coherent in style and content since Lawrence's is a very compelling story, and I'd like to learn more..
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