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A hint of things to come,
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I adore Thubron's work, but this was my first foray into his earlier travel writing. It's no surprise that his writing as a late-twentysomething is different to that in his 40s, 50s, or 60s, and this is an excellent work for a young man. But it is too heavy with history - sometimes confusingly so - and snippets of mythology, without ever fully weaving them into his journey, or relating them to a coherent narrative - despite the subtitle 'a quest'. Still, here and there, you see glimpses of what makes his later works so wonderful. A pity he dwells so fleetingly on the people he meets - especially as this is a world utterly changed after the long civil war, reconstruction, Syrian occupation, and the recent war with Israel. Perhaps the most fascinating passage describes the Six-Day War - it was the author's luck (good or bad) to witness it at close quarters, but again his treatment is brief. Worth reading, but perhaps not repeatedly.