Lonely Planet on the Shores of the Mediterranean
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Lonely Planet on the Shores of the Mediterranean

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As they travel around the sea at the center of Western history, Eric Newby and his wife Wanda visit not only the better-known Meditteranean sights and cities but also venture into places where Westerners are few: Albania under Hoxha, the holy Muslim city of Fez, and a country about to disappear in civil war - the former Yugoslavia. Eric Newby entertains and enlightens as h...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by Lonely Planet (first published January 1st 1984)
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Barbara
Eric Newby and his equally intrepid wife, Wanda, start off at Naples to explore the shores of the Mediterranean over the course of about a year, moving in a clockwise direction.

This is an author who does meticulous research and keeps copious notes so his tales of exploration are dense with information, a lot of it historical. If you enjoy learning about the traces left by the Trojans, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Crusaders, Moors and various Ottoman sultans and beys, then you will be rewarded...more
Tony Gualtieri
I don't quite understand all the negative reviews. It's all here: long descriptive passages, frustrations with transport and accommodation, savored meals, shopping bazaars, trains, boats, buses, walks, hotels grand and sordid, random encounters, all laced with historical context that follows geography rather than chronology. While "Short Walk in the Hindu-Kush" looked forward to a more modern style of travel writing, this is a classic British travel book in the old style. It does lose a bit of s...more
Mukikamu
Eric Newby is much praised by critics for his distinctive style, tireless enthusiasm and ‘insider-like’ travel stories and it’s true that he has a special point of view. Not many people are as knowledgeable and well-travelled as he is. However, I have been struggling with his book for two years now.

First I sat down to read it from start to finish, but his writing was tiring and I gave up several times. I figured that the best way to get through his book was probably to pick up the relevant chapt...more
Modern Girl
The premise is exciting, but the author isn't much of a storyteller. His tone is too distant at the wrong times, and he goes on too many tangents to help the reader follow the points. I mean, I love a good tangent. But while he's describing something intensely, he also talks about the history. And he just rambles.

The "overviews" he gives of each place is really quite a distortion. Some chapters were great, I felt like he gave a good idea of what the place was like. Other chapters focused on his...more
Susie
Having read, "Love and War in the Apennines, I was looking forward to reading this one.

This book by far took me longer to read than any other book I have ever read. The subject matter was great, but he lost me in his detail of history that just seemed to go on & on. I had to re-read many parts, because I found my mind wandering. It all just didn't connect for me.

Was glad to see some other people's reviews were in agreement with me. I am always determined to finish a book that I start, just...more
Donna
I have always loved Eric Newby's writing and A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush is an all-time favorite. Unfortunately, I found this book a little bit of a disappointment. His writings on the interactions with people are as entertaining as ever but the majority of the book is descriptive and focused especially on the history of the places and it just wasn't very engaging. Also, the book was written in the early 1980's and that part of the world has changed so much that the book feels very dated. Two...more
Deborah Cater
I enjoy Eric Newby's writing, and as a travel writer I am naturally interested in how others write, their perceptions of places I have also visited (though often in a different decade); however this was not as entertaining as A Short Walk in the HinduKush for example. Still, it is a good read and I find it entertaining to see how much has changed since this boopk was written.
John
Solid writing, but not quite as entertaining as his other books I've read: A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush and The Big Red Train Ride.
Nathan
In which our narrator takes an oft-interrupted journey around the Mediterranean littoral and documents some interesting episodes. Reads like a series of National Geographic articles, quite frankly. Patchy, with some lovely anecdotes, but not anywhere near as good as his more focused works (eg the Short Walk in the Hindu Kush). Rated G. 2.5/5
Francine
This is a nice old fashioned travelogue written by a former British POW who survived the Germans in WWII. He and his wife when on to make a lovely life and forged relationships in the region, especially with the Northern Italians who helped hide him and others in that terrible time.
Kimberlyn
a journey to lands around the sea. easy to read as a periodic serial. does look at the less romantic side of it all.
David
Newby decides to travel the entire Mediterranean Sea which makes for an enjoyable travel yarn.
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George Eric Newby CBE MC (December 6, 1919 – October 20, 2006[1]) was an English author of travel literature.

Newby was born and grew up near Hammersmith Bridge, London, and was educated at St Paul's School. His father was a partner in a firm of wholesale dressmakers but he also harboured dreams of escape, running away to sea as a child before being captured at Millwall. Owing to his father's frequ...more
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