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Wish I knew more about central European history!,
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This review is from: Between the Woods and the Water: On Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland - The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates (Kindle Edition)
Despite getting bogged down in the detail of place names and genealogy of central Europen royal and aristocratic families, i found this book surprisingly readable. The range of people encountered from tramps and gypsies to the idle rich so soon to be swept up in war gave a fascinating insight into another world. I don't know enough about linguistics to be able to evaluate the digressions on origins and variations on words and names, but although they went on a bit too long they were interesting. It cetainly makes an English reader feel how different is our experience from that of people in cenral Europe because we are an island with clearly defind froniers and a long period of being one country. Perhaps that's why we are so bad at learning foreign languages!