The Wisdom & the Lure of the Desert

"Show me a desert, as you would show another man a river, or another man the metropolis of his childhood." - Almasy

"The next morning we woke and came out of our tents at five. Too cold to sleep. We stepped towards the fires and sat in their light in the larger darkness. Above us were the last stars. There would be no sunrise for another two hours. We passed around hot glasses of tea. The camels were being fed, half asleep, chewing the dates along with the date stones. We ate breakfast and then drank three more glasses of tea."
- First journey into the desert 1930

"In Tassili I have seen rock engravings from a time when the Sahara people hunted water horses from reed boats. In Wadi Sura I saw caves whose walls were covered with paintings of swimmers." - The English Patient


Table of Contents




of the Desert

The British Empire



The Film (IMdb)


Herodotus - The History

Lawrence of Arabia

T. E. Lawrence: All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds Awake to find that it was vanity; But the dreamers of day are dangerous men. That they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible

A Dangerous Man - Lawrence After Arabia

Gertrude Bell

The explorer Richard Burton

Richard Burton

Suggestions for Further Reading

Courtesy of Vintage Books.

The above Amazon links are from an interesting web page of English Patient Questions for a book group