Çöl Kraliçesi

l Krali esi Arap yar madas n n her yan nda l Krali esi diye adland r lan Gertrude Bell Krali e Victoria d neminin se kin bir ailesi ve ayr cal kl s rt evirip ya am n Arabistan llerinde s rd rmeyi ye ledi B lgeyi

  • Title: Çöl Kraliçesi
  • Author: Janet Wallach Püren Özgören
  • ISBN: 9789750725821
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • Arap yar madas n n her yan nda l Krali esi diye adland r lan Gertrude Bell, Krali e Victoria d neminin se kin bir ailesi ve ayr cal kl s rt evirip ya am n Arabistan llerinde s rd rmeyi ye ledi B lgeyi kar kar gezerek haritalar kard , kaz lara kat ld e itli a iretlerin ve hiziplerin yesi olan siyaset adamlar yla ve dini liderlerle oldu u kadar halka da kArap yar madas n n her yan nda l Krali esi diye adland r lan Gertrude Bell, Krali e Victoria d neminin se kin bir ailesi ve ayr cal kl s rt evirip ya am n Arabistan llerinde s rd rmeyi ye ledi B lgeyi kar kar gezerek haritalar kard , kaz lara kat ld e itli a iretlerin ve hiziplerin yesi olan siyaset adamlar yla ve dini liderlerle oldu u kadar halka da kayna t Gertrude Bell in Arabistan da b ylesine benimsenmesi, Birinci D nya Sava nda ngiliz istihbarat servisinin onu en uygun ki i olarak g revlendirilmesiyle sonu land Arabistanl Lawrence olarak bilinen T.E Lawrence da bir anlamda yeti tiren, ona yol g steren, ak l hocal yapan, onun n fuzlu ki ilerle ili ki kurmas n sa layan da Gertrude Bell oldu Bell, sava tan sonra Arabistan daki ya am n s rd rd ve g n m z Orta Do u sunun bi imlenmesinde b y k rol ald O d nemde ngiltere nin en g l kad n durumuna gelen Gertrude Bell, ba ta Irak olmak zere Arap yar madas ndaki lkelerin s n rlar n n izilmesinde belirleyici oldu l Krali esi, bir anlamda Osmanl lar Arap yar madas nda arkadan han erleyenin Lawrence dan ok Bell oldu unu g steriyor Bu abalar n n amac , Arap halklar n n zg rl ya da ngiltere nin petrol yataklar na egemen olmas m yd Yoksa Osmanl lara belki de bilin alt nda besledi i bir alma duygusu muydu Gertrude Bell in b y k a kla tutkun oldu u sevgilisinin Gelibolu sava nda ld n okuyunca, insan bunu d nmeden edemiyor do rusu.

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    1. An excellent account of a fascinating woman who was both a product of her times and one who broke new ground for accomplishments in a male dominated world. Bell’s passion for the culture and peoples of the Middle East served the British Empire well for intelligence and liaison work during World War 1, and she had a major impact in setting the path toward Arab self-rule, most notably in the establishment of Iraq and Jordan under monarchies of the Hussein family. Bell is best known for her work [...]

    2. I really enjoyed this book, even if it was a challenging read. Challenging because there was so much information which was new to me. I learned about the transformation of Mesopotamia into the new nation of Iraq. I learned about the transformation of the Middle East as a result of the First World War. I learned about Gertrude Bell. I needed the depth of this book to really understand. I am glad I read this book rather than what I originally sought: Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia [...]

    3. "Great persons, like great empires, leave their mark on history."There's a photo in this book of the 1921 Cairo Conference, called by Winston Churchill to figure out what to do with the newly-independent Arabia, and of the forty delegates pictured, there is one woman: Gertrude Bell. She was a colleague of Winston Churchill and TE Lawrence, and a close personal adviser to King Faisel (better known as Alec Guiness in Lawrence of Arabia, a four hour yawnfest of a movie that features Gertrude Bell e [...]

    4. I am sure that there are other biographies of Bell that skip right to her involvement in Mesopotamia, but I appreciated the time Wallach gives to the younger Gertrude Bell. Bell was the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, and granddaughter of the man who brought “modern” iron smelting to Newcastle. She was deprived of her mother early in life, but not deprived of much else, unless you feel that her lack of a husband was a major catastrophe. She was not, at her core, “rebellious,” but sh [...]

    5. It's popular these days to blame Gertrude Bell for arbitrarily carving up the tribal Middle East into countries. Read this book. She'd be spinning in her grave if she could see what Iraq has come to. She fought hard for Arabs of the Iraq region to govern themselves rather than become servants of the British Empire (the British wanted that oil too). This book is very detailed - a fascinating overview of the Middle East after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

    6. My feelings about this book are a bit muddled for several reasons:1. I eat up memoirs and historical accounts, but the writing here is a bit contrived at times, thick (i.e. dull), and perhaps a bit biased. I enjoy a challenging read, but it wasn't always challenging for the right reasons.2. I was really looking forward to reading about this fiercely independent, intelligent, and visionary woman who made her own place in the world. While all of this is true and I respect it, I deeply question her [...]

    7. i read this book in high school and really enjoyed it. About 2 years later, I met the author at a graduation ceremony and got to talk to her/'dorkily' (not a word, i know) asked her to sign the book for me, which she did. Honestly, even more amazing than this book is the program the author started in Maine, called, "Seeds of Peace" a summer camp for Israeli and Palestinian high school students to have fun and get to know each other."Ms. Wallach is currently president of Seeds of Peace, a conflic [...]

    8. Overall, Desert Queen was a good detailing of a life that has often been overlooked. I think the earlier portion would have benefited more from hearing more of Gertrude's own voice via her letters. I quickly grew bored of hearing her meetings with sheikhs and other prominent figures consisting of a hot cup of Turkish coffee and some meat with rice. The constant reminders of who Fattuh was also made me a little irritated-- got it, he's her loyal Armenian servant; this in conjunction with the lack [...]

    9. A random find at the local Goodwill, I had been meaning to read a biography when I saw this book. I wasn't quite sure how interested I would be in Gertrude Bell, but she ended up speaking me to me very clearly.There are a lot of confusing things about Gertrude. While she rejected the common ideal of what the Victorian woman was supposed to be, at the same time she embraced her femininity and used it to her advantage throughout her political career. She also rallied against the suffrage movement, [...]

    10. I had greatly anticipated reading this book; however, the author's writing style is tedious at best and turned a book that should have been fascinating into drudgery. The first half was especially mind numbing - along the lines of, "she went here, then she went there." The last third of the book improved dramatically, but by that time, I was just eager to finish it off. I was terribly disappointed.

    11. Today's news, the utter destruction of the ancient city of Aleppo and much of the chaos in the Middle East might be credited to the handy work of Gertrude Bell, the Desert Queen of the title, who drew the untenable boundaries that form modern Iraq. The story of this unlikely wielder of power in the Middle East is both fascinating and commonplace. A woman bereaved at the death of her suitor, whom she'd rejected, goes traveling to relieve her spirits. Gertrude Bell was not the only early 20th cent [...]

    12. An interesting but not compelling read about a fascinating woman. Though i was enthralled with the story of Victorian Gertrude Bell's life and how she gained acceptance and reverence from Middle Eastern patriarchs (Bedouin, Persian and Arab), I couldn't help but think the author slid over important things, hinted at key moments (e.g. the anecdote that Gertrude had seen hundreds of wounded soldiers during WWI but the author had never mentioned an incident before, when, where, under what circumsta [...]

    13. My mother gratiously purchased this fine tome for me a few years back and it proceeded to sit on the aforementioned mother's shelf in her room for those intervening few years. The inevitable boredom of July prompted me to go about the house browsing for things to read and this immediately presented itself. I flipped it open and lethargically started reading the first page. Before I knew it, it was hours later and I was completely enveloped in the story and stunning life of Miss Gertrude Bell. I [...]

    14. Ik houd wel van biografien van periodes / gebieden waar ik niet veel van afweet. Ik had tot voor kort nog nooit van Gertrude Bell gehoord, en wist ook niet veel over het ontstaan van Irak. Ook hier geldt dat de geschiedenis kennen de huidige tijd beter doet begrijpen.Naast boeiend en leerzaam is het verhaal ook schrijnend. Het boek heeft een triestig einde.

    15. I got about two-thirds of the way through this book and stopped reading it. She traveled through Persia and Arabia in comparative "style" with a string of servants, on Daddy's dime. I know that's the way it had to happen back then, but I felt that she was just a dabbler, looking for ways to pass the time.

    16. The day I found out that Robert Pattinson is going to portray T.E. Lawrence in the Herzog movie 'Queen of the Desert' that will be filmed in the spring of 2012, I decided to order this book and read it as background information. As a good fan you have to be prepared, right?I was a kind of pleasantly surprised, because I didn't know anything about Gertrude Bell and she turned out to be a very interesting, daring, adventurous and amazingly strong woman. She grew up in Victorian England in a time t [...]

    17. Ms. Bell went to Arabia initially as part of an archaeology expedition, but soon became interested in the land itself and the many tribes that lived there. Learning Arabic, she determinedly traveled into territories of which even men in the service of the British crown never ventured. Being such an anomaly in the land (both a foreigner to the local inhabitants and an woman) she was met with derision on the part of most of her fellow Englishmen and with curiosity by the leaders of the desert peop [...]

    18. I like this book even as I recognize its weaknesses, namely:1. It is too often a mere retelling of Bell's own writings.2. It is completely biased to Bell's point of view. If she says something happened a certain way, then that's the way it happened. We are almost never provided with an alternate opinion. Sometimes, of course, there is literally no other record to go to for another point of view (like when she is kidnapped by Bedouin in the Empty Quarter), but still.3. It neither digs deep nor as [...]

    19. What a fascinating woman! How little she is known. Read it just for that, but also for the beauty of the excerpts from her own book, The Desert and the Sown. I've been looking for it for years, finally found a copy but haven't read it yet.

    20. Desert Queen is the story of Gertrude Bell who is seen by many as the “Mother of Iraq”. Born in Victorian England when a female’s purpose in life was to find a husband and raise a family, Bell broke all stereotypes. Bell was well-educated, multi-lingual, an archaeologist, a mountain climber, a noted writer, spy, diplomat, creator of the Baghdad Museum, and regal adviser. As one of the first females to enter Oxford, Bell’s intellect, interests, and standards thwarted most courting efforts [...]

    21. An extraordinary woman with a very unusual life for her day, indeed for any era. What she achieved would paradoxically be even harder for a woman in the middle East during current political and religious constraints.I found the style a little irritating, swinging from a melodramatic, almost Mills & Boon style romantic novel - one disastrous love affair after another - to a more astute commentary on Gertrude's life and contribution to world history. The vocabulary was a little jaded and repet [...]

    22. Like its subject, this book is both fascinating and exasperating. The author is more of a chronicler than a storyteller, and at times the larger narrative of Gertrude Bell's life gets lost in the exhausting cascade of details that Wallach provides about Bell's adventures. Bell's transformation into a supporter of Arab self-rule is treated too subtly, and Wallach often frustratingly presents details of Bell's experiences before she sketches the context. But this is still an enlightening read. I f [...]

    23. There have surely been few women who could be claimed to have had such an impact on history and yet be so comparatively little known. We arguably live in a world shaped by Gertrude Bell's actions, and yet how many people even know of her existence? And yet Gertrude Bell indeed led an extraordinary life, venturing alone across Arabian deserts, exploring ruins and abandoned cities, conversing with peasants and sheikhs, and that was all before her most influential years in the Middle East during WW [...]

    24. History is full of women who, stifled by the restriction of society in Victorian England, set out for more liberating parts unknown. Such a woman was Gertrud Bell, the daughter of a wealthy industrialist in Yorkshire and one of the first women to graduate (with a First in Modern History) from Oxford. Finding herself unfitted for English society and mourning a failed romance, she took a trip to Palestine and thus, began a lifelong romance with the Mid-East.Not one to do anything by halves, Bell l [...]

    25. A Victorian woman, Gertrude Bell, traveled the deserts of the Middle East before they were even known as the Middle East. In addition to her five or six fluently spoken languages, she set her sights on learning Arabic--which she did. She spent so much time traveling over in Persia, that when WWII broke out, not only did no one know how to speak Arabic in the British government, no one knew the deserts, language and people like she did. As the British government set up their foreign middle east o [...]

    26. I was very curious about Gertrude Bell before I read this book. You should read this book as about one woman's life and experiences. I listened to it on audio and it was brutal. The way it is worded is melodramatic as is the narrator's voice and it is a long book. It is also hard to keep track of all the Arabic names when you can't see them in print. I would recommend reading about Iraq history at this time first to have a better context with which to understand Gertrude. You have to take Gertru [...]

    27. I first heard about Gertrude Bell as the former occupant of Red Barns, a building in Redcar (on the north-east coast of England), which is where most of my family live. When I was in the area last summer, I visited a local museum which had an exhibition on Gertrude Bell, and it was here that I bought this book.Desert Queen is the perfect book for readers with an interest in this fascinating woman, and with only limited knowledge (if any) of her equally fascinating life. Wallach entwines her narr [...]

    28. This is an interesting way to get the background of the creation of Iraq in 1921. It is hard to believe, yet undeniably true, that Gertrude Bell was the single force in this event. The book is extremely well researched and one does not question the facts. The author takes some liberties in creating historic dialogue: what she says to King Faisal (well he wasn't king at the time and he wouldn't have been if it hadn't been for her) and T.E. Lawrence and her several diplomat lovers appear to be the [...]

    29. I'm not sure how Gertrude Bell managed to escape my radar for so long. What a fascinating woman - Bell fled to Mesopotamia and Persia to escape the confines of a conventional Victorian role back in England. The "Khatun" left her mark on her claimed home with her role in mapping out the borders of what was to become modern Syria and modern Iraq and founding an antiquities museum in Baghdad to chronicle the rich history of the region. A devotee to the Empire no doubt, but Bell clearly was enamored [...]

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