Saba Risaluddin

Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (35 of 42)
Location: Sarajevo


Top Reviewer Ranking: 571,891 - Total Helpful Votes: 35 of 42
Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten E&hellip by Norman Davies
A compelling read - let us hope the author treats us to a sequel, to include the mediaeval kingdom of Bosnia and its survival under successive empires and other polities to its present-day precarious independence, bedevilled by fanatic anti-Bosnian nationalism and the apathy, ignorance and/or ill-will of the "international community." The fate of the kingdoms whose history Norman Davies describes does not give cause for optimism, but at least, thanks to him, their existence is recognized and given a sympathetic and balanced voice.
Istanbul (Lonely Planet City Guides) by Virginia Maxwell
For the serious visitor to Istanbul, this book is useful only for the practical information it provides and for its maps; for those wanting more, it has to be used in combination with a guide such as Jane Taylor's Imperial Istanbul: A Traveller's Guide, or Hilary Sumner-Boyd and John Freely's Strolling Through Istanbul: the classic guide to the city. The tear-out map in the Lonely Planet guide is useful as one can carry one of the better guides plus the map rather than be loaded down with two or more guides.
Imperial Istanbul: A Travellers Guide, Includes Iz&hellip by Jane Taylor
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Jane Taylor writes well, wearing her erudition lightly and holding the reader's attention, and the arrangement of the book, describing the monuments roughly in chronological order but allowing for geographical diversions, makes it easy to use as a guide. It is also a huge benefit to have sections on Bursa, Iznik and Edirne, all of which are within fairly easy reach of Istanbul and where the monuments add greatly to one's appreciation of Ottoman architecture. If only the publisher's proof-reader had done his or her job properly, this book would merit a five-star rating; but there are just too many typos and other errors to ignore (I understand the book was originally typeset rather than… Read more

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