I bought this book after reading about it in a book review magazine, (it was on the "summer reading" list of one of the reviewers). I think the title misleads in that only a small proportion of the letters were actually from Turkey, and those are extremely interesting. The rest were written on the journey to and from that country, and are a bit of a curate's egg. There are indeed a few enlightening and informative passages, but I felt many merely served as a vehicle for the opinions and prejudices of the writer, whilst offering little to hold a modern reader's attention. The introduction to the book was far too long winded, but then if that had been edited of its padding, and you discount the copious notes and indexes at the end, (necessary in the academic world I'm sure, but boring and pointless for the casual reader), then what is left are slim pickings indeed.