Meander: East to West along a Turkish River Hardcover – 5 Jul 2012
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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)
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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this book was great, I thoroughly enjoyed the history of the area, the journey down the river was less satisfying, but not all scenery is spectacular.Published 6 months ago by Nel
If you've been there or you are going there, read this book. It will add enormously to your enjoymentPublished 17 months ago by Trin
Seal has a thing about Turkey, and in this book he he's decided to follow the entire length of the River Meander for source to mouth in a canoe and on foot. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2013 by Half Man, Half Book
I'm a big fan of both Turkey and Jeremy Seal so I was excited to read this book . However it has been rather hard work - not enough narrative drive and too meandering for my taste.Published on 21 Sept. 2013 by Kindle Customer