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5.0 out of 5 stars A lost and fascinating world, 17 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: A Winter in Arabia: A Journey Through Yemen (Freya Stark Collection) (Paperback)
I came across Freya Stark's books by chance in a second hand bookshop (first edition and very expensive!) but the experience made me seek them out on Amazon. Freya Stark writes with such simplicity that it is hard to recognise the underlying fact that she was a woman exploring lands and societies in which women were second class citizens and in which white, Christian male explorers had in the past been brutally mistreated and often cruelly put to death. She was truly one of the great explorers and a great writer, too. I strongly recommend her books to anyone who wants to learn more about these lands and peoples as they were before present day politics and militarisation made them what they are today.
However, a plea to the publishers of the modern paperback editions of her works: please replace the scaled down pen-and-ink sketch maps, almost illegible, with modern high definition maps and please, provide a glossary explaining how the many names should be pronounced!
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