35% done with Seven Pillars of Wisdom

A funny thing starts to happen very slowly as you read this book – you start to actually live in Arabia. You can feel every sharp rock, every hot, blasting wind, the smell of mutton and rice and coffee, the men, the lack of privacy, the lolling of the camels.

And when he satirizes Auda with his story he satirizes his own pedantic observations.

This is a work of genius.