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August 03, 1979 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-08-03

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Fictional Facts: The Murder o Lawrence of Arabia'

By ALAN HITSKY

Was it an accident? Or
Matthew Eden knows was it a plot on Lawrence's
how to spin a tale. A Cana- life to prevent him from re-
dian author who has lived turning to the Middle East
and worked in North to lead an Arab revolt
America, Europe, the Mid- against the Jews of Pales-
dle East and Asia, Eden tine? Eden writes a fas-
takes the facts about one of cinating tale based on his-
the 20th Century's most tory — although the reader
romanticized figures — knows that Lawrence dies,
Lawrence of Arabia — and the why and how of his
weaves a fictional tale of in- death will leave the reader
trigue based on Lawrence's in suspense.
weaknesses, Britain's
Through flashbacks,
entanglement in Palestine Eden shows Lawrence's
nd the opposing aims of fabulous victories and
-krab ultra-nationalists and unpublicized defeats in
the Zionist Irgun.
leading the Arabs against
In "The Murder of Lawr- the Turks during World
ence of Arabia" (Crowell), War I. He also describes
Eden tangles all of these Lawrence's mediating
threads around Lawrence's between the Emir Feisal
retirement from the British and Chaim Weizmann.
In an author's note at the
Air Force in 1935 and the
subsequent motorcycle ac- beginning of the novel Eden
cautions his readers:
cident which killed him.
"This novel is a dramatic
reconstruction of the last 11
weeks in the life of T.E.
Lawrence, Lawrence of
INVITATIONS?
Arabia, who died on the
Hattie Schwartz
19th of May, 1935. It is
— Of Course!
based on his experiences
during and after World War
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I, as written by him and in
differing accounts by histo-
• ENTERTAINMENT?
rians and biographers.
"The events and char-
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acters in this novel are his-
— Of Course!
torically accurate, except
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T.E. Lawrence is shown, second from left, in
Amman with Sir Herbert Samuel, with cane, and the
Emir Abdullah.
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tion are stronger than those of Arabia, and the Deliv-
of history. Where one truth erer of Damascus."
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In "The Murder of Lawr-
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Lawrence's sexual affin-
NOW
ity for men as a means of plot, the Irgun sends a team
punishing himself for to work with its followers in
misleading the Arabs to Britain in keeping a watch
on Lawrence. Mix in a
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In one section, Eden de- government, worried about
scribes the careful planning maintaining good relations
of the myth of Lawrence of
Arabia:
It was all far behind him
now, Arabia and all the un-
believable, stupendous
I Itigra Kelt
fame that had come to him
because of what he'd done
there — what he'd done and,
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he'd done.
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his had been built so much
on constructions of his own,
on his book and the fan-
tasies he had spun for the
American journalist Lowell
Thomas in the few days
Thomas had been with him
in the desert in '18.
"And what that man
had done with those
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