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It's OK but gets a bit boring,
This review is from: Crossing Jerusalem: Journeys at the Centre of the World's Trouble (Armchair Traveller (Haus Publishing)) (Paperback)
I went to Jerusalem for the first time in February this year (2012) and spent ten days mainly on foot in this fascinating city.
Naturally my eye was caught by this book after coming back and it was pleasant to read someone else's take on places I'd been to.
However,like many travel books where the writer in effect writes up a detailed report of what is really an extended holiday, the second-hand experience starts to pall.
It's a bit like sitting through someone's holiday photos with a running commentary on who they met, where they went etc. It starts off interesting and goes into diminishing returns.
There's a lot of detail about people he meets, and while some have interesting things to say, many are just not that fascinating to someone who wasn't there.
If you are thinking of going to Jerusalem, my advice is to buty a couple of decent guidebooks and read up a bit on the history of the place.
Jerusalem itself won't disappoint and it's not quite so "tension-filled" as people like to make out. I was surprised, though, at the level of urban poverty among some Jewish people away from the tourist sites. And the city is moe "Eastern" than you might think.
Along with the religious pilgrims and those with particular political leanings, there is lots to fascinate the neutral tourist. Do go there.