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Travels with a Tangerine: A Journey in the Footnotes of Ibn Battutah

Travels with a Tangerine: A Journey in the Footnotes of Ibn Battutah [Kindle Edition]

Tim Mackintosh-Smith
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'A brilliant, erudite and entertaining literary coup' (Time)

'Battutah couldn't enjoy a better champion . . . This is a considerable book, mind-broadening, not only in the way that it revives the history of a remarkable traveller, but also for its representation of modern Islam as tolerant, hospitable, humorous and cultured' (The Times)

'Sometimes, as [Mackintosh-Smith] travels from Cairo to the Crimea, across deserts, into assassins' strongholds, it seems that Ibn Battutah is just a swish of a robe ahead' (Independent)

'A fluent Arabist who has lived in Yemen for the best part of two decades, Mackintosh-Smith is an accomplished etymologist who delights in his field of research and shares Ibn Battutah's roving intellectual curiosity, if not his boundless sexual appetite . . . Travels with a Tangerine has all the makings of a classic' (The Spectator)

'Mackintosh-Smith is an intrepid and determined traveller, with an uncanny instinct for right turnings and the necessary conviction to pursue them . . . Mixing archaic language . . . with a twenty-first-century sensibility, fogeyism with an appetite for fun, food and a good smoke, he slips effortlessly between our world and that of the fourteenth century. In so doing, he has created a gripping and accomplished travel book' (Sunday Times)

'With the Travels of IB (as he affectionately thinks of him) in hand, Mackintosh-Smith here follows his predecessor's trail as far as the Crimea, seeking what remains of the sights Battutah saw, skilfully evoking those that have vanished, all the while remaining alert to the deep connections between modern Muslim society and the past. The result is an immensely engaging book' (Daily Telegraph)

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The bestselling first volume of Tim Mackintosh-Smith's masterful journey in the footsteps of fourteenth-century traveller Ibn Battutah

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1559 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1848546750
  • Publisher: John Murray (15 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CKAK6K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travels with a Tangerine 22 Oct 2012
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I can usually read a book quite quickly but this one is so dense and interesting I'm deliberately reading slowly to extract as much enjoyment as possible.
It makes you realise too how much travel took place, whether intentionally or by people displacements in the first millenium.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book 17 May 2013
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Literary, chatty, humorous by turns, this evoked an era we know little about in the West and quite delightfully. Recommended.
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Excellent, fascinating book - recommended by a friend. Enjoying the high quality of writing and study on a little known world-traveller
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