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Turkish Reflections: A Biography of a Place (Destinations) [Hardcover]

Mary Lee Settle , Jan Morris
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19 Mar 1992 Destinations
Mary Settle offers us an intimate portrait of a Turkey rarely seen-a land where the cutting of a tree is a crime, where goats are sacrificed to launch state-of-the-art ships, and where whole towns emerge at dusk to stroll in the streets. She finds ancient monasteries converted into discos, underground cities carved out of rock, and sleek jet-set yachts alongside camels piled high with copper pots. She follows in the footsteps of emperors and nomads, sultans and shepherds; explores the trails blazed by Alexander the Great, Tamerlane, Genghis Khan, and Ataturk. "Turkish Reflections" is a cross-country odyssey into history, legend, mystery, and myth.
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grafton (19 Mar 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0246139110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0246139115
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,500,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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IT BEGAN IN the spring, seventeen years ago, on the Greek island of Kos, one of the Dodecanese islands in the Aegean, about six miles from the Turkish coast. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Joy in a Place of Stone 27 Dec 1998
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Mary Lee Settle introduced me to a vastly different Turkey than the one I was familiar with through history books, popular sentiment and news articles. As an American, my interest in the "outside world" is often surprising to those from other lands. Turkey never seemed warm, romantic or joyful... until I read and visualized "Turkish Reflections". Rarely has a literary work caused me to experience a place so richly. From the descriptions of Turkish warmth in Bodrum to mind-bending jaunts through 8,000 year old settlements, Settle paints a portrait of a land deliciously steeped in hospitality, tolerance and texture. Political realities notwithstanding, this book establishes Turkey as an extremely desirable place to sojourn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not that simple at all! 15 Jan 2000
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Great book. I was earlier very prejudiced about Turkey (thanks to my national Greek inheritance), but after visiting the country and reading Mary Lee Settle's book, I came to understand this complex country who most want to either judge or ignore. Most who judge, never see the reality, or even meet a single armenian, kurd or a turk. Ignorance is the greatest evil!
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In 1972 the author went to Turkey and stayed for three years because it was cheap, a good place for a writer of limited means. Fourteen years later she returns to the country and people she obviously has a great affection for. She writes that, in Turkey, nothing is wasted. Stones from Greek and Roman temples are used to build Christian churches during the Byzantine Empire and then are converted to mosques during the Ottoman times. Her book also wastes nothing, mixing bits of history, archeology, mythology, and religion to construct a Turkey that is, at once, thousands of years old and modern. This is a great primer for anyone planning on going to Turkey. My wife and I are going in the fall and, after reading this book, I can't wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting read 6 Jun 1998
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Settle writes compellingly, and she really captures Turkey in this memoir. One of the best travel books I've read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 4 May 1999
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This is an interesting book about a dynamic country. Highly recommended... It tries to do justice to the etnic diversity and tolearance of a country where hundreds of ethnicities peacefully live today under the umbrella of Turkish citizenship. In contrast to the review below, all the ancient cultures of Anatolia and the Balkans are alive in Turkey -- most of whose population consists of Moslemized (but very secular) descendants of those ancient peoples. Isolated outburts of religious/ethnic strife under the Ottomans (during WW I) and later in 1955 (during a Cyprus crisis) do not detract from the tolerance and ethnic harmony of a country which is a veritable mosaic of peoples from the Caucasus to the Balkans, from Albanians to Kurds. Mary Lee Settle draws a good portrait of a fascinating country in which ancient Greece, modern Europe, Hittite culture etc are alive, side by side.
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