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Gripping tour of old eastern world
on 13 August 2002
Bizarre reviews from the people who are down on this book - this is a wonderful read! Brilliant the way Milton has managed to get into places that others haven't, his description of his time at St Catherine's, Sinai, for example, is a revelation, and nobody reading this book could have doubts that Mandeville should be taken much more seriously than in the last hundred years. Milton appears to be able to get into places, and people's lives, in ways that others don't, and whilst this is a series of travellers tales, it very cleverly follows, and casts light on, Mandeville's life and travels. I found it particularly informative (and very moving) when describing the early church and it's numerous splits, schismatics and heresies, and their relationship with Islam; the way Milton sought out, and had conversations with, last survivors of these early times is just wonderful. At it's best, a really breathtaking book.