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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: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,138,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By 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 on 2 Feb. 2000
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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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5 of 21 people found the following review helpful By H. Thompson on 29 Oct. 2004
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This love letter to an infuriating but mesmeric throng is deft and flippant. His wordage deliberately deep-woven to hold the warp and wafts of a broad swath of Yemen.
If you have anything to do with this unique country, please read this twice and make note of the names - the old men still live in gorgeous langorous madness, asprawl in the mafraj amid the qat leavings.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Poetry as Travelouge 23 Dec. 2005
By Jedidiah Carosaari - Published on
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This is a book of poetry. MacKintosh has immersed himself so much in the culture that he has produced poetry as prose, in the highest genre of the Arab.

I try to write critical reviews. To weigh the good and the bad. I can't think of anything bad to say about this book. Whether or not I get to see the place, Mackintosh makes it come alive with his vivid writing and incredible sense of Arabic history. He writes mythically, so that his stories- his or retold by others- remain with you for years. I wish I had the time to get to all the places he describes!

But it's not just history that Mackintosh brings in. He has a wealth of understanding of linguistics, especially of the Arabic world. Throughout the text he indicates the historical links with his experiences, through the languages of the people. He even brings in literature and history from other lands in a smooth manner that fits completely with the narrative.

I'm sitting here in a netcafe in Ta'izz, Yemen, having just reread the book in my travels this past week in the country. It's great to read a book about the country you're traveling in- to simultaneously see the places you want to visit, and read about the places you've just finished. After reading his account of the Rock Palace outside Sana'a, I realized I had to go visit it. I talked with an expat who gave me a lift, who said he met Tim once- a guy who truly became Yemeni. I think about him as I try out qat. I'm constantly looking at where he writes about and looking on the map to see where I am.

There are four kinds of people who should read this book. Those planning a trip to Yemen. Those traveling or living in Yemen. Those who have been to Yemen. And those who never plan to do any of the three, but like good literature. It's a pleasure to read in itself.
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By The Purple Bee - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book. It is obvious that tim Mackintosh has a love for Yemen. Many of us will never have the pleasure of visiting this exotic country of old history and ruins.
I took one point away because the print is so small I could hardly read.
I do wish publishers would think of us over 40 crowd who have plenty of time to read, but our close up vision has started downhill. I'm not read for the heavy large print copies but I really appreciate the books with larger print than this one.
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