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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating guide to a little-known region
Tim Mackintosh-Smith moved from Oxford to Yemen because he wanted to speak today's Arabic rather than the classical language. His love for his new home is clear, and flows through a mix of geography, travel writing and history which, as he says, cannot easily be separated because the land determined the people and its history.
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Published on 4 July 2009 by G. Brack

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3.0 out of 5 stars More history than travels
An interesting book and incredibly well researched and passionate but large sections of history are rather dry and it ends up being more "History of Dictionary Land" than "Travels". With a different title I would probably have been less disappointed in the content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating guide to a little-known region, 4 July 2009
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This review is from: Yemen: Travels in Dictionary Land (Paperback)
Tim Mackintosh-Smith moved from Oxford to Yemen because he wanted to speak today's Arabic rather than the classical language. His love for his new home is clear, and flows through a mix of geography, travel writing and history which, as he says, cannot easily be separated because the land determined the people and its history.
If you're looking for a structured textbook of history, this isn't it. It rambles, not in the sense of being overlong and pointless, but in the sense that it enjoys the journey rather than rushing to the destination. Incidents from the past come up as they are triggered by sights in the journey, and while Mackintosh-Smith recounts both historical fact and gossipy tradition, he is careful to distinguish them.
All in all, a very good companion, but do it the courtesy of trying to read whole chapters rather than a few paragraphs at a time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More history than travels, 13 May 2010
This review is from: Yemen: Travels in Dictionary Land (Paperback)
An interesting book and incredibly well researched and passionate but large sections of history are rather dry and it ends up being more "History of Dictionary Land" than "Travels". With a different title I would probably have been less disappointed in the content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, 22 Feb 2009
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One of my favourite books. An intelligent and funny guide through a fascinating country from a man who clearly loves words - regardless of language. Certainly a must for anybody interested in visiting Yemen, but also for anyone desiring an entertaining insight into the country that few foreigners ever see.
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