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Yemen: Travels in Dictionary Land Paperback – 11 Jun 1999


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (11 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330373676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330373678
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 762,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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scholarly and entertaining... Mackintosh Smith succeeds admirably in shining a light on an obscure corner of the world (Financial Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this work, the author describes his journey through Yemen, portraying hyrax hunters and dhow skippers, a noseless regicide, a sword-wielding tyrant with a passion for Heinz Russian salad, as well as examining the extraordinary history of the ordinary Yemenis. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By monica_esslin@compuserve.com on 5 July 2000
Format: Paperback
Yemen - travels in pictionary land captures the sights, smells, culture and magic of Yemen, seen through the eyes of author Tim Mackintosh-Smith. Tim's lovingly crafted narrative takes you from the bustle of Sana'a to an adventure in the empty quarter, chronicling every conceivable aspect of the clash between the modern and ancient world. A must for adventurous travellers, people watchers and anyone who enjoys reading a beautifully written book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By emma.glover@morganking.co.uk on 2 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
A wonderful modern day travel adventure, refreshing to know that there are still places unpolluted by mass tourism. I didn't know anything about Yemen until reading this book and it gave a great insight into the people and their poisons, unusual eating habits and old tales , you could almost smell the air they breathed. It was a great escapist read from the winter blues and would recommend to anybody planning to visit.My only criticism is that it put me off cheshire cheese for a while
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct. 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must for all addicts to travel literature. It is written with an eye for historical detail (as f.e. the books by Geoffrey Moorhouse) and interest in the language(s) spoken in this extraordinary country. Although this may seem a bit tough to read, the opposite is true in this case: the impressing knowledge of the author is wrapped up in a fascinating travel-story around Yemen.
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