Meander: East to West, Indirectly, Along a Turkish River

Meander East to West Indirectly Along a Turkish River The Meander is a river so famously winding that its name has long since come to signify digression an approach author Jeremy Seal makes the most of while traveling the length of the river alone by ca
  • Title: Meander: East to West, Indirectly, Along a Turkish River
  • Author: Jeremy Seal
  • ISBN: 9781596916524
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Meander: East to West, Indirectly, Along a Turkish River
    The Meander is a river so famously winding that its name has long since come to signify digression, an approach author Jeremy Seal makes the most of while traveling the length of the river alone by canoe A natural storyteller, Seal takes readers from the Meander s source in the uplands of central Turkey to its mouth on the Aegean Sea, with as many historical, cultural, anThe Meander is a river so famously winding that its name has long since come to signify digression, an approach author Jeremy Seal makes the most of while traveling the length of the river alone by canoe A natural storyteller, Seal takes readers from the Meander s source in the uplands of central Turkey to its mouth on the Aegean Sea, with as many historical, cultural, and personal asides as there are bends in the river.In a rapidly industrializing Turkey, the river itself has been largely forgotten, but the Meander was the original conduit by which the cultures of Europe and Asia first met, then clashed The city at the river s mouth, Miletus, was home to the earliest Western philosophers, while the one at its source, Dinar, commanded the mountain pass that carried the earliest roads east All manner of legendary adventurers, soldiers, and visionaries passed through the Persian king Xerxes, Alexander the Great, Saint Paul, and Crusader kings, to name just a few.In the course of his travels, Seal meets any number of people eager to share stories with a stranger This rich mix creates a portrait of extraordinary insight and sweep at a time when Turkey is busy rediscovering her historic significance An enchanting blend of past and present, at once epic and intimate, Meander is an atmospheric, incident rich, and free flowing portrayal of the essential meeting point between East and West.
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  • Jeremy Seal

    Jeremy Seal is a writer and broadcaster His first book, A Fez of the Heart, was shortlisted for the 1995 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award He is also the author of The Snakebite Survivors Club and The Wreck at Sharpnose Point, and presenter of Channel 4 s Wreck Detectives He lives in Bath with his wife and daughters.

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  • well written and tidy history of meander river valley and anatolia from 8000 bc to present, plus pithy and fairly interesting account of trying to float a modern river, in drought, without first checking on conditions beforehand so as to the latter, you get all the warm fuzzies of the renowned turkish hospitality, xenophobia, mean ass big dogs, tea drinking, olive eating, alcohol sneaking, attaturk gazing, dust, filth, fecundity, down home tourist free fun, tourist ridden broken marble weed patc [...]


  • I read about this book in an issue of Booklist that I picked up earlier this year in a brief review, Gilbert Taylor calls this book, which is about Seal s canoe trip along the length of the Meander River in 2008, a charmingly mordant, twisting travelogue, which was enough to make me want to pick it up from the library, despite not having heard of Seal and having no special interest in Turkey The book is a stylistic mix it s part first person travelogue, with Seal telling about the trip he took a [...]


  • 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 This is a gently winding river is the origin of the word.He takes a gentle and relaxed approach to the journey down this river valley, taking time to meet the people and characters along the route It is a place that is rich in history as well, from people such as Alexander the Great to the knights on the crusades.In parts this book is fascina [...]


  • Informative and entertaining at times Good mix of historical facts and the river travel Minuses for the naive yearning of the good old days of decades past agricultural life and the blatant pro Turkishness in historical interpretations.


  • Unreadable As with his earlier Turkish travelogue, the equally despicable A Fez of the Heart, Seal s patronizing, parochial treatment of the local characters he encounters through his yes, meandering travels across Anatolia make this book too frustrating to finish The main offender here is Seal s habit of translating Turkish surnames into English, rendering his subjects into good old fashioned colonialist caricatures Mehmet Truehero and Turgay Darkeye then Mrs Darkeye are just a couple of the ma [...]


  • An excellent account of the author s journey by canoe from the source to the mouth of the river Meander There is a mix of history, myth, geography and current affairs, together with Jeremy Seal s encounters with local people and the natural world of the river A book to be read in small doses, as in that way the reader can join the author as he paddles, drags his canoe, overturns, or desperately avoids rapids, and other perils all this while observing the wildlife and vegetation he paints so clea [...]


  • A travel book, nostalgia trip, history lesson and epic love letter to a country that has seeped into his soul, Jeremy Seal s Meander is all of these and by the end, as his canoe bobs out of the rivers mouth, you feel like you have been sitting with him the entire way, just the sound of running water and the occasional splash of an oar.It is fair to say that Seal s history of the Meander, the land and the people is deeper than the river itself, indeed, by the end I can t quite work out if he has [...]


  • This is a book I very much wanted to love Having spent a good deal of time in or near the Meander Valley, and because I love the environment so deeply, I wanted to embrace this river and the viewpoint of the author, Jeremy Seal.But this was not to be I m not saying there wasn t passages of fine writing or valuable information I had always wanted to hear about the conflict between Apollo and Marsyas And sometimes there would be a passage I would very much enjoy like this What struck me was that [...]


  • The word meander comes from a river in Turkey that looks like this It s easy to see why the ancient Greeks started using it s name to describe things winding or convoluted Jeremy Seal, an Englishman with a passion for Turkey, had no idea that the river still existed He thought of it as something like the mythical Styx or the Rubicon, a river whose course has changed so much over time that no one knows where it ran when Julius Caesar and his army crossed it He happened to glance out the window on [...]


  • This is a fabulous book Part travel guide, part historical tome, part indulgent memoir It merrily covers all the emotions, meandering as the title suggests from topic to topic, era to era, character to character with easy transitions And on top of all that, it is a fascinating insight into a river that I must have crossed a hundred times, but didn t know was there One word of warning Jeremy Seal is a great writer, but his style takes some getting used to This is definitely not rom com chick lit


  • Not always an easy read some very densely packed mythology history at times, but I did find it interesting, especially the spread of religions and Greek Turkish history in the area Rather sad to read how much it has changed over the last 20 years, not really for the better Feel lucky to have experienced some of these places before so much industrialisation tourism took hold.


  • The book contains numerous facts of interest but detracts enormously in the early part of the journey to such a point it because of a university submission not a novel Persistence through does bring a great reward of detail of the meander valley




  • Not bad, but not exceptional Wasn t what I expected it to be, really I had hoped to get of a sense of the journey, but his trip seemed to misfire.



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