A Woman in Arabia

The Writings of the Queen of the Desert
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Product Number: Z100101699
Released: Oct 27, 2015
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ISBN: #9780451482037
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A portrait in her own words of the female Lawrence of Arabia, the subject of the documentary Letters from Baghdad, voiced by Tilda Swinton and soon to air on PBS, and the major motion picture Queen of the Desert, starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis, and Robert Pattinson and directed by Werner Herzog Gertrude Bell was leaning in 100 years before Sheryl Sandberg. One of the great woman adventurers of the twentieth century, she turned her back on Victorian society to study at Oxford and travel the world, and became the chief architect of British policy in the Middle East after World War I. Mountaineer, archaeologist, Arabist, writer, poet, linguist, and spy, she dedicated her life to championing the Arab cause and was instrumental in drawing the borders that define today's Middle East. As she wrote in one of her letters, "It's a bore being a woman when you are in Arabia." Forthright and spirited, opinionated and playful, and deeply instructive about the Arab world, this volume brings together Bell's letters, military dispatches, diary entries, and travel writings to offer an intimate look at a woman who shaped nations. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Original Publish Date: Oct 27, 2015

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Product Number EB00587388
Released: Aug 11, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: #9781101636954

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"Gertrude Bell was an extraordinary Englishwoman--a traveler, mountaineer, archaeologist, nation-builder. Georgina Howell arranges Bell's letters, diaries, and book excerpts thematically and provides a descriptive context around them. Narrator Sian Thomas reads Bell's writings with spirit, wit, and sincerity. She underscores Bell's broken heart when her great love is killed at Gallipoli in WWI. Bell's determination to see Iraq become a self-governing nation is also made clear. Adjoa Andoh exhibits crispness, authority, and not a small amount of empathy as she narrates the background material. Both women have voices suited to the pluck and intelligence of their subject. Their comfort with myriad Middle Eastern place names as well as French and Swiss mountains is quite remarkable. While they sound somewhat similar to each other, this is a minor quibble in an otherwise excellent and erudite production. A.B. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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