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Having just finished reading T. E. Lawrence's The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, I find an eerie correspondence between your description of dawn in the Negev and Lawrence's. He, too, is captivated by the way this area creeps up on the senses and really overwhelms them. That is a classic, but you probably wouldn't have time to read it, with all its descriptions of military maneuvers. But the prose is exquisite, and insights into the Muslim--and Western-- temperaments astonishing.

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