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Meander: East to West along a Turkish River Hardcover – 5 Jul 2012

3.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; 1st Edition edition (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701183470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701183479
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a wonderful book by a wonderful writer. Droll, surprising and moving, it describes a knowingly wandering journey along the River Meander from source to sea, and down through Turkish history from antiquity to the contemporary" (Robert Macfarlane)

"It's an elegant and fitting tribute to the most famous river you've never heard of" (Dan Linstead Wanderlust)

"The eccentric response of the locals and the river's idyllic scenery - lily pads, water snakes, storks and pelicans - combine with Seal's faultless historical tour-guiding to create a charming, enviable journey. Seal's book delivers on its promise of an unpredictable journey through an unfamiliar place. It's an impressive piece of old fashioned travelling" (Brian Schofield Sunday Times)

"Seal loves Turkey with puppylike enthusiasm. Meander is funny.an excellent introduction to Turkish history for anyone planning a summer holiday" (Sara Wheeler Guardian)

"Writer and river are happily matched. History is his travelling companion" (Anthony Sattin Spectator)

Book Description

A wonderful, winding exploration of the fabled Turkish river, the pivotal meeting point between East and West, from the author of the acclaimed A Fez of the Heart.

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I read Jeremy Seal's previous book so was pleased to get this. A really interesting mix of modern day travel and historic information. Provides an interesting view on the Turkey away from the well travelled tourist routes
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I bought this book solely based on the cover. I'd never heard of the Meander and thought the idea fascinating. Jeremy takes us on a potted history tour of the river starting from its source all the way to the sea. Along the way we dip in and out (literally as well, the meander isn't much of a river) of the host of classical figures and events that took place on or around the river.

I had wanted a travel book about a guy paddling down a river, some history, a dash of nature, interesting places and characters, adventure and a river of some personality.

The book has all of that but I finished it oddly unsatisfied.

Probably because the river itself isn't much of a river any more, dammed, polluted and diverted, it doesn't work as a great backdrop.
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I have just finished reading Jeremy Seal's new book MEANDER and I loved it. It combines his own personal and very humorous adventure as he attempts to kayak down this river with some amazing historical stories, anecdotes and tales. This book is perfect for anyone with any interest in classical history, archaeology or just plain adventure. My favourite parts are when he recounts his meetings with local Turks - Seal has a fantastic eye for capturing detail and presents himself in a very self-effacing way. Anyone who is going to Turkey should read this - you start to realise what an amazing culture and history this country shares.
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Jeremy Seal has written a corker of a tale (my best summer big read). I adore Turkey but wouldn't have the time, chance or language ability to trace such an ambitious route. What Mr Seal does is survey the history of Anatolia (tales of knights, crusaders, brigands, kings, queens, Mongols, Romans, Victorians and a much greater cast beside) from his kayak as he floats gently - and not so gently in places - towards the sea.

Thrills, spills and endless cups of tea show a side of modern Turkey that few of us will see. Nature, politics and humour are woven into the mix. Well done that man. I can also recommend A Fez of the Heart, Mr Seal's earlier and equally entertaining book. Now, that's a tale of a Turkey long gone, and I feel that this 2013 book will be the standard text for this current period too. Again, brilliant. Sit back and relax.
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Having read a review of this book in The Guardian, I decided to purchase it for myself. I remember visiting this area of Turkey some thirty years ago and finding it totally beguiling so I wanted to see what Jeremy Seal thought of it. The book brought back many memories and made me consider revisiting the area in the future. As well as recounting his exploits trying to navigate the river from source to mouth, he frequently digresses to give accounts of ancient history relating to this area, which are fascinating. However, I found the maps, which are hand drawn, rather confusing. I feel it would have been better to have relied upon maps from a proper atlas. However, I realise that such things may not actually exist for this fairly remote area.
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I was bought this book ahead of a holiday in Turkey. A very interesting account of one man's journey down the river but intersperesed with a great historical commentary that takes you from ancient times to modern day Turkey providing a good understanding of the country's rich history. Excellent book.
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