- Gebundene Ausgabe: 864 Seiten
- Verlag: J And N Wilson; Auflage: 2nd Revised edition (25. Februar 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0954641809
- ISBN-13: 978-0954641801
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,2 x 17 x 5,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 24 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.630.078 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Complete 1922 "Seven Pillars of Wisdom": 'The Oxford Text' (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 25. Februar 2004
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This is the exciting and highly literate story of the real Lawrence of Arabia, as written by Lawrence himself, who helped unify Arab factions against the occupying Turkish army, circa World War I. Lawrence has a novelist's eye for detail, a poet's command of the language, an adventurer's heart, a soldier's great story, and his memory and intellect are at least as good as all those. Lawrence describes the famous guerrilla raids, and train bombings you know from the movie, but also tells of the Arab people and politics with great penetration. Moreover, he is witty, always aware of the ethical tightrope that the English walked in the Middle East and always willing to include himself in his own withering insight. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
"It ranks with the greatest books ever written in the English language.As a narrative of war and adventure...it is unsurpassable" (Winston Churchill)
"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) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
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Equally fascinating is the book itself. A blend of truth and evasion, the book is told in a beautiful lazy style that suggests it had been thought out with the vast Arabian desert and ancient way of life in mind. It is helpful to have read another account of Lawrence's life, just to be sure of what is happening when he chooses to be vague, but the beauty of the writing and the insight of the keen intelligence from which it springs, is a great delight to experience.
Even more amazing is to realize that after this monumental book was completed, Lawrence left the complete manuscript - the only copy - on the London subway and had to recreate it from scratch using just his notes. This is a remarkable testiment to both his focus when he needed it, and his tendency to be frequently apart from the real world. A remarkable man. A remarkable book. Unique and worthy to be read and enjoyed.
Of all of these, Lawrence has fascinated me most. I first read SEVEN PILLARS when I was twelve, and I've read it every couple of years since then. As I grow wiser, it grows richer.
Lawrence was an unlikely defender of empire, an unlikelier man of action who forced himself into a kind of ascetic mental and physical preparation for the great deeds he felt himself called upon to play. Living as he did from 1888 to 1935, he was practically born in the last age where someone could express that claim without being ridiculed; and he found his war in the Arab Revolt, that long-lasting sideline to the War to End All Wars that produced more war -- and some great writers, among whom Lawrence was one.
This is a story of war. It's also a story of heroism and of anguish, written by a man who not only shaped events, but was shaped -- and warped -- by them. It can be read as military strategy, political history, travel story, or pathology.
But it's better to read it as itself: a unique and complex book written by a man who was loved and admired by the most famous people of his time, but who, in the end, wanted only obscurity and the anesthetizing speed of one of the motorcycles that killed him.
It is ironic that both books dealt with the Turks as an anvil. The Sick Man of Europe was disintegrating. Virginia's Orlando described the pleasant boredom of an ambassador's life in Instanbul and T.E. endured a bloody beating to avoid being raped by a homosexual officer in the Turkish army, between blowing up Turkish trains. Somehow that didn't make it to the movie.
In the coddled civilization in which we men (and women) live today, it is a good reminder that there are reasons why you don't pander to the perverse, stupid, and ignorant. T. E. Lawarence maintained the highest standards, standing apart, the best of leaders. A good example and a book well written that is worth reading over and over.
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Das Buch liest man mit Spannung. Man will nicht aufhören zu lesen, weil man tauch in die Geschichte ein und macht eine Reise mit dem Author durch sein Werk. Lesen Sie weiter...Vor 12 Monaten von Siegfrid Tesch veröffentlicht
Der Klassiker. Lawrence von Arabien wurde er genannt, hier hat er seine Sicht der Dinge geschrieben. Inhaltlich interessant und spannen, literarisch klasse geschrieben.Vor 16 Monaten von Gaby veröffentlicht
The book is printed with very tiny letters, which are very hard to read indeed! Not speaking of the content of this magnificent work of literature, but the fact that it is tedious... Lesen Sie weiter...Vor 18 Monaten von Joe Dohn veröffentlicht
Auch wenn die englische Originalversion nicht immer leicht zu verstehen ist, man muss Seven Pillars of Wisdom einfach lesen, das ist Weltliteratur!!!Veröffentlicht am 26. August 2013 von Manu
The book took more than 20 days to arrive.
The cover is OK, but the cover has several wrinkles and it looks older than I expected. Lesen Sie weiter...
This book is great and the movie based on this book is great. Lawrence's account of the facts, however, is apparently "on thin ice" in many cases. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 18. Juli 2000 von Gregory John
To begin with, I feel I don't have a right to judge here, because I cannot judge a persons life. But I can give my opinion, I hope that the difference is clear. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 1. Mai 2000 von Marion_A