Reading progress update: I've read 22 out of 368 pages.

The Desert and the Sown: The Syrian Adventures of the Female Lawrence of Arabia - Gertrude Bell

I have had this book for years, and even remember picking it up on a trip to Daunt Books in Marylebone, but it was only when @Arbie started his read of The Seven Pillars of Wisdom that I felt I should really make a start on Gertrude Bell's writing. 


This is my first book by her and I am curious how her writing compares not only to that of T.E. Lawrence but also to that of Freya Stark.


Btw, I am, of course, opposed to the subtitle of this particular edition: Bell wrote long before Lawrence entered the scene. In fact, I rather like that in the film Lawrence of Arabia, two officers pondering a map make reference to Bell's work in actually creating the map. 


Anyway, so far I am intrigued by Bell - she seems to both refer to "Orientals" as "children" and at the same time want to de-mystify the region for her British readers. I am not sure this is going to be entirely successful, but we shall see.