Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

T.E. Lawrence / Feb 21, 2020

Seven Pillars of Wisdom A Triumph Seven Pillars of Wisdom is the autobiographical account of the experiences of British soldier Thomas Edward Lawrence while serving as liaison officer with rebels during the Arab Revolt against the Ot

  • Title: Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph
  • Author: T.E. Lawrence
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  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom is the autobiographical account of the experiences of British soldier Thomas Edward Lawrence, while serving as liaison officer with rebels during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 18 The title comes from Proverbs 9 1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars KJV Lawrence kept extensive notes throughoutSeven Pillars of Wisdom is the autobiographical account of the experiences of British soldier Thomas Edward Lawrence, while serving as liaison officer with rebels during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 18 The title comes from Proverbs 9 1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars KJV Lawrence kept extensive notes throughout his involvement in the Revolt He began work on a clean narrative in the 1st half of 19 while in Paris for the Peace Conference , later that summer, while back in Egypt By 12 19 he had a fair draft of most of the 10 books that make up the Seven Pillars but lost it except for the introduction last two books In early 20, he started rewriting what he could remember He was able to complete Text II, 400,000 words, in 3 months He described it as hopelessly bad in literary terms, but historically substantially complete accurate With II before him, he began a polished Text III, in London, Jeddah Amman during 21 Upon completion of its 335,000 words in 2 22, he burned II He then had 8 copies typeset printed on the Oxford Times press This private edition became known as the 1922 Edition or Oxford Text This unabridged text wasn t made public until its UK copyright expired in 97 By mid 22, the psychological aftereffects of war were taking a toll, as were his exhaustion from literary endeavors of the past 3 years, his disillusionment with the settlement given to his Arab comrades the burdens of being perceived a nat l hero He reenlisted under assumed names the Air Force, then the Tank Corps , in an attempt to lie fallow develop a new identity Concerned over his state eager for his story to be read by a wider public, friends persuaded him to produce an abridged version of Seven Pillars, to serve as both intellectual stimulation a source of income In off duty evenings, Aircraftman Ross later, Private Shaw set to trimming the 22 text down to 250,000 words for what would be a limited, lavish subscribers edition 26 The Subscribers Edition was 25% shorter than the Oxford Text, but wasn t abridged uniformly Deletions from the early books are much less drastic than those of later ones Literary merits aside, producing the Subscribers Edition had left him facing bankruptcy He was forced to undertake an even stringent pruning to produce a version for sale to the public this was the 27 Revolt in the Desert, 130,000 words an abridgement of an abridgement, remarked G Bernard Shaw, not without disdain.

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      • T.E. Lawrence

        Born Thomas Edward Lawrence, and known professionally as T E Lawrence, though the world came to know him as Lawrence of Arabia In 1922, Lawrence used the name John Hume Ross to enlist in the RAF after being discovered and forced out, he took the name T E Shaw to join the Royal Tank Corps 1923 He was eventually let back into the RAF 1925.


    1. "All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible."The source of the title of T. E. Lawrence's masterpiece is the book of Proverbs:"Wisdom hath builded a house: she hath hewn out her seven pillars." (Proverbs, 9:1)This quotation is used as an evocative phrase for the title of a book that Law [...]

    2. Well, I've been working on this one for a while. It is by turns majestic, tiresome, enigmatic, and written in the grand manner of the 19th Century. It is interesting to find the big moments of the film, "Lawrence of Arabia", almost made light of in his memoir. He seems to be vain about all the wrong things. I imagine he wasn't a very likable chap but you have to admit he did remarkable things, and I marvel at some of the writing here.

    3. I was deeply disappointed by this book, but it's possible that was my fault.Lawrence somehow manages to be self-deprecating and completely arrogant at the same time, in a way that's startlingly oblivious. (At one point, he compares his book to Gibbon's Rise and Fall. Umm, no.) I had hoped that by the end of the book, I would understand both the history of the Arab Revolt during World War I and Lawrence the man better. I'm not sure I actually understand either one better than when I started.One o [...]

    4. Thomas Edward Lawrence's meticulously written account of his fascinating life during World War I is one of the literary treasures of the Twentieth Century. Lawrence had graduated with honors from Oxford University in 1910. He had a fascination with medieval history, and had traveled as a student to study Crusader castles in France and Syria the summer before his graduation. He worked professionally as an archaeologist in the Middle East until 1914, with extensive travel through the Ottoman Empir [...]

    5. I've read this book twice now, and seen the film countless times. When a colleague once asked me which was my favourite war film, I didn't need to think about it for long.But as is usually the case, the book blows the film away. For detail of the inside story of the war in the East, description of life with the Arabs in the desert, and sheer adventure, it's unparalleled. It is also directly relevant to our day, for as TE Lawrence wrote:"We could see that a new factor was needed in the East […] [...]

    6. يتحدث الكتاب عن الثورة العربية ضد تركيا العثمانية، وأول ما يستغرب تسميتها بالثورة العربية فحتى قائدها هو لورنس وليس الشريف حسين وهو ما صرح به لورنس في كتابه أكثر من مرة مباشرةً أو مواربة، مثل قوله في الصفحة 187: " خولني أن أصبح في أقل من ستة شهور رجل الثقة التامة في سوريا. مما حم [...]

    7. In bare terms, this is an autobiographical account of a British liaison officer and his adventures leading an Arab rebellion against the Turks. But there is much more than that. An account by a philosopher-traveler-soldier about war and adventure and heroism and all that.It is a product of his time. And Lawrence does seem a bit patronizing about the Arabs and Turks. But in other times, he is astonishingly sensitive and well-attuned and insightful to their needs. How else could he have helped led [...]

    8. I’m going to first off state something very confusing. I really loved this book. I love T.E. Lawrence, I think he’s an enigmatic, mysterious and overall heroic man however, I didn't actually finish the book.If you aren’t quite sure of who this man is, simply think back to that amazing, award winning movie, “Lawrence of Arabia.” Lawrence’s main initiative in this book is to act as an intermediate between the rebel forces of Arabia and the English, who were organizing against the Ottom [...]

    9. This is the book that the film Lawrence of Arabia is loosely based upon. I say loosely, because after finishing the book I rented the film and watched it all the way through for the first time since I was a kid. It was only then that I realised that although the film is a magnificent piece of film-making, it is very inaccurate in places and often just simply wrong. T.E. Lawrence was much more extraordinary and his achievements and much more astonishing even than the amazing portrayal of him in t [...]

    10. That was hard to read (one star for that!). Lawrence describes every hill, tree and shrub, gives the name of every man he has met and depicts his clothes, the meal they shared and the jokes that were told. On top of that military theory, philosophy, ethics, and theology. Heavy stuff. What you also get: a better understanding for today's near and middle east conflicts, insight into the Arab soul, and a glimpse into the soul of a very complicated man. Five stars for this.

    11. Since battles and warfare are not really my thing, I am amazed how much I enjoyed reading Seven Pillars of Wisdom. In this beautifully written memoir, Lawrence presents us with an honest account of his role in the Arab revolt, his hopes on making Damascus the capital of the Arabs, but also his doubts about the whole endeavor. I love how he blended in with the Arabs, learning their language and their customs, riding the camels in the Arab way, becoming one of them. That they loved him and accepte [...]

    12. I selected this book to read as part of the research I was doing on my novel. I had seen the film "Lawrence of Arabia" in the past and now wanted to mine the book for details I needed to know about life among the Bedouin in 1920. I had planned to only read the parts I needed for my novel, but ended up devouring the whole thing. Then I read it again, parsing out what had now become an intense interest in TE's psychology. I then retreated to a biography and selected John Mack's "A Prince of our Di [...]

    13. We all know about the film even if we have not seen it, or at least seen the end of it. But this is the story written bythe man himself. It tells the story of one of the forgotton parts of the First world War. Less famous than the Somme, Gallipoli and Jutland this is the story of an assault on the underbelly of the Ottoman Empire, how a British Army Officer united a rag tag group of nomadic Arabs and formed a fighting unit. It is fairly low on action scenes but does describe effective use of exp [...]

    14. This is an amazing account of Lawrence's experiences in Arabia during WWI, and one of my favorite books of all time. His vivid and tireless description of the Arabs, the war and the desert combined with an intimate view into his moral struggles provides an unparalled kathartic read. His exhausting description can seem to get monotonous at times but whether intentional or not this style "works" for writing about the desert. It is not a "quick" read, but dreamy and wondering, and laden with fascin [...]

    15. I first read Thomas Edward Lawrence's meticulous account of his fascinating life during World War I when I was 11 years of age. It had a profound effect on me. I think it is a literary treasures of the Twentieth Century. The title is from the Book of Proverbs. It was a name bestowed he used to name a rock formation at Wadi Run (now located in Jordan) during the war.Lawrence graduated with honors from Oxford University in 1910. He had a fascination with medieval history. He travelled,studied abnd [...]

    16. “Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars.” (Proverbs 9:1)This eyewitness report of the Arab revolt against Turkish rule during World War One is exhaustive in scope and detail. Lawrence fills six hundred plus pages with details of who, what, where, why and even the weather. Much of it will only interest academics and students of war and rebellion. But hidden in all that dry, sandy strata are nuggets of wisdom about politics, war and irregular warfare in the middle east— [...]

    17. This classic autobiography of over 700 pages was written 90 years ago by Lawrence covering his 1916-18 WW-I campaign to help organize and use disparate Arab tribes as a supplementary weapon to the British against the Turks, who were aligned with the Germans. I enjoyed and hated the book. The enjoyment was, to put it simply, “I was exposed to and learned so much about so many things.” In fact, ½ way through the book I downloaded and watched the 1962 movie of Lawrence of Arabia (which for a m [...]

    18. I couldn't possibly "review" this book with anything that has not already been said in the past eighty or ninety years so I'll just mention what makes it awesome for me.Although I usually find detailed descriptions of settings and how characters appear on the outside boring and tend to skip over them a lot-think James Michener-T. E. Lawrence's descriptions of the places he went and characters that he met on his treks through the Middle East leave me wanting more. He states that he was a reluctan [...]

    19. This is an incredible book. It starts out slow and it is quite long. After about the first half I was convinced I should have just gone to see Lawrence of Arabia again instead.But from there it picks up. Not that the storytelling gets more gripping per se. Indeed, the whole thing is kind of choppy, in a "We did this and then we went here" sort of way. They spend a lot of time blowing up trains.But the strangeness of Lawrence's situation and what it is doing to him comes though clearer and cleare [...]

    20. I have little to no interest in military tactics and strategy and only a limited generalist's view of The Great War interest,at all,in the topography,Flora@Fauna,Beduin(SIC)Customs of the early 20th Centuryd only a superficial curiosity about "Lawrence of Arabia" of whom I was aware only as the subject of the film which I had found to be pretty but empty and totally incoherent politically and psychologicallyobviously a minority opinionbut this book made all these subjects totally compelling for [...]

    21. I bought this book when I was in High School, having just seen the movie version of Lawrence of Arabia. As a first person account, Lawrence freely chronicles his successes and failures. He even makes fun of himself at times, such as his harrowing experience of having a camel shot out from under him as he was charging a routed Turkish force prior to the attack on Akaba. It is only after the battle, having survived the fall from his beast that he realizes he has shot the poor creature in the back [...]

    22. 5 stars for the awesome parts, 0 stars for the mind numbing parts.I really wanted to love this book. I just hard a hard time getting through it. He is so descriptive and it makes you want to strangle him sometimes. But his story is a cool one. I have been meaning to read it for years. It gets good at about page 87 and then is on and off. Reading the last 200 pages is a genuine Herculean task.

    23. About halfway through David Lean's masterpiece, a British soldier yells at Lawrence across a canal, "Who are you?" It's a practical question in the context of the scene but anyone who's given the movie some thought will recognize it has much larger thematic implications. Lawrence of Arabia is fundamentally about exploring that issue. It's a question that Lean never answers or, perhaps more accurately, answers in a million different ways. No matter what you think about Lawrence, there's something [...]

    24. إن قصة الثورة العربية من أولها لآخرها ليست سوى قضية أو موت بالنسبة للعرب . أما نحن فقد تبنيناها حبا بأنفسنا أو على الأقل طمعا بكسب مستقبل ولم يكن فى مقدورنا تحاشى ذلك فيما نشعر ونحس به من دوافع .وبين العرب كنت الصاحى المتشكك وكنت أحسدهم على إيمانهم الرخيص الثمن وبالرغم من أنهم [...]

    25. هذا كتاب إستثنائي لتاريخ منطقة الجزيرة العربية والتحولات الهائلة التي حدثت فى تلك الفترة بسبب قيام الثورة العربية والتى كانت بالتزامن مع الحرب العالمية الأولي ،، الكتاب هو سيرة ذاتية للطابط والمستشرق الأنجليزي توماس إدوارد لورنس والشهير ب لورانس العرب الكتاب يقدم مسانده [...]

    26. I read Seven Pillars of Wisdom because I was going to Jordan. It was a tortuous read and I had to bribe myself to finish it. This is unfair on Lawrence so I should explain that I am a middle aged woman with zero interest in the strategies and tactics of warfare. Lawrence's elephantine ego infuriated me, but without that he would never have achieved what he did. I guess it's a question of horses for courses, and some courses demand the elephantine ego. Read it if you are interested in the minutia [...]

    27. ZEVEN ZUILEN VAN WIJSHEID OF DE TRIOMF VAN EEN BLONDE ARABIEREen paar jaar terug verscheen Zeven zuilen van wijsheid (voor het eerst gepubliceerd in 1922 als Seven Pillars of Wisdom: a Triumph), de eerste Nederlandse vertaling van het monumentale boek van T.E. Lawrence, beter bekend als "Lawrence of Arabia", de held van de gelijknamige film van David Lean met een magistrale Peter O'Toole in de hoofdrol. Lawrence' passionele relaas van zijn belevenissen tijdens de Arabische Opstand van 1916 tot 1 [...]

    28. I read this longer ago than I care to remember and still it burns within me. It's an incredible book written by an enigmatically fascinating man. The opening paragraph (which I leave you to google at your leisure) is one of my favourites in all of literature, of any genre. I urge everyone, anyone, to read it.

    29. Wow. This book just delighted and astonished me, and I am so very glad that I finally gave it a try. I have been putting it off for decades; I suppose it seemed so formidable in size, and about a place and a people with whom I wasn't familiar. I should have trusted my sister's good taste and enthusiasm ages ago. First and foremost, I fell in love with Lawrence's writing - and this was a man who feared he had no skill at writing. But his prose is clear and straightforward, deceptively simple - th [...]

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