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An enlightening pleasure to read,
This review is from: Misadventure in the Middle East: Travels as Tramp, Artist and Spy (Paperback)Henry Hemming's style makes this book a pleasure to read.
His mixture of clear, evocative descriptions of the people and places he encounters, their reactions to him and his colleagues - often in the form of verbatim conversations - and his personal thoughts on what is happening around him give the story a warm, personal immediacy. I could often picture myself in the situations he describes, giving similar responses and then, suddenly, my interpretation of the scene would change as he continued. Rarely have I met a travel book that so engaged me on such a personal level.
On a practical level, Hemming's technique of breaking the five chapters into many shorter, bite sized sections make it easy to read and return to if you're interupted.
In summary, Hemming and his friends were in a historic area at a historic time and he records the experience very well. I look forward to reading his descriptions of his future travels.