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4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Biography / Casting: 21 malesScenery: 7 insets and sets
Paperback, 114 pages
Published January 12th 2011 by Samuel French Ltd (first published 1960)
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- What is your name, prisoner?

- Ross sir. Aircraftman Ross.

- But that's not your only name, is it?

- No sir.

- What other names do you have, Ross?

- T.E. Lawrence, sir. I believe some people have also called me "Lawrence of Arabia".

- So you've spent a lot of time in Arabia then?

- Yes sir. You worked that out very quickly sir.

- I will not tolerate any insolence, is that understood?

- Yes sir.

- Ross - or whatever you're called - do you understand why you are here?

- Yes sir. You are going to torture me
Stuart Aken
Jan 14, 2013 Stuart Aken rated it it was amazing
First performed at the Haymarket Theatre in London, on 12th May 1960, this dramatic depiction of the life of T.E Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia, uses insight, perception and historical events in an attempt to convey something of the reality of this enigmatic man. Of course, most readers will have seen or at least heard of the slightly later David Lean film, Lawrence of Arabia, written by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson and employing Lawrence’s own writings. The two productions are very different, ...more
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Oct 12, 2012 Christopher Saunders rated it really liked it
Rattigan's TEL emerges as an eccentric, tormented but likeable man driven by willpower, arguably more true-to-life than Lean/Bolt's depiction. The framing device set during Lawrence's RAF tenure provides effective exposition. On the other hand there's no dramatic foil like Ali to play off: Lawrence is an interesting man amidst a sea of ciphers. Rattigan's treatment of Deraa is a weak point, positing the Turks raped Lawrence to break his spirit while leaving him alive. It's as dramatically ...more
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Mar 08, 2016 Kathryn French rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a T E Lawrence fan, this is well worth your time to find and read.
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Sir Terence Mervyn Rattigan, CBE was a British dramatist. He was one of England's most popular mid twentieth century dramatists. His plays are typically set in an upper-middle-class background. He is known for such works as The Winslow Boy (1946), The Browning Version (1948), The Deep Blue Sea (1952) and Separate Tables (1954), among many others.

A troubled homosexual, who saw himself as an outside
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