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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (27 Jan 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853816795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853816796
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 1.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Her letters have an immediacy and vivacity that remains as fresh as the mosiacs on the ancient monuments she saw and the eastern gardens that gave her such delight. (Anita Desai)

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Lady Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) was described by a contemporary, as 'one of the most extraordary shining characters in the world...'. Her newly edited letters tell of her travels through Europe to Turkey in 1716.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. R. A. Ali on 23 July 2013
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Read about this in a magazine, was intrigued and bought it. Very interesting book full of details about Lady M's travels, trials and tribulations.Who knew that inoculations were available in 1700?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dands on 26 Oct 2012
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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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eirin Mikalsen Orum on 17 Feb 2011
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In these days of so much bad press concerning the clothing traditions of other cultures, it is a breath of fresh air to read Lady Wortley's take on cultural differences. She has great respect for the cultures she writes about, but still manages to criticize aspects of those cultures in a truly amusing way.
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