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Ionia: A Quest

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When Freya Stark travelled along Turkey's west coast in 1952 she met only one other tourist. Today, this region is the most popular in the country, but to travel with Stark — whose aim was to 'create a guidebook in time' — is to experience Turkey in a richer & more inspiring way than any modern guide or history can provide. In the ruins & vanished cities of Ionia l ...more
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published January 1st 1954 by Harcourt, Brace & Co. (NY)
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Aug 03, 2014 Zanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: classicists, academically inclined travellers
Recommended to Zanna by: Andy Bostock
Shelves: greece, travel, memoir
Ahh Freya Stark! A dauntless and learned traveller with poetic and philosophical sensibilities, she here took the legendarily unreliable Herodotus as her principle guide to Turkey/Asia Minor/the Levant, and unlike that classical historian-geographer, wrote with scrupulous honesty, humility and frank subjectivity. While imaginatively inhabiting an ancient past full of warring Greeks, Persians, Lydians and other contemporaries, she navigates a more immediate physical world of hospitable and helpfu ...more
Erik Graff
Feb 16, 2013 Erik Graff rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Stark fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: travel
I obtained this book while helping the founder of the public library in Bridgman, Michigan, Ms. Roth, go through the material that had been donated. I'd recommend books for retention, books for discard and she'd make the final decision. Of the books discarded, I had my pick.

Someone in Bridgman had been a classics buff. I presumed the past tense as I couldn't imagine anyone wanting to toss classics like Jaeger's Paideia or Gunter's Greek Thinkers. In any case, I took all of the ancient history Ms
Jun 24, 2010 Martha rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
This was more history than travel but still I love Stark's writing - a expert at simile. Again, she emphasizes the importance of letting people live their lives without trying to impose another way on them - a idea quite againt tose of the time she lived in: We produce it ( inferiority complex), perhaps, by not being tender enough with traditions other than our own, by not accepting all good where we find it, weaving it in with our own good, remembering that the mixture makes the vintage and the ...more
Feb 17, 2011 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sort of travel writing I would like to do, interweaving current observations with some history, but mostly just enjoying the view and enlarging on that, without so much of the self-importance that can plague such recordings.
Kevin Miller
A magnificent book written by a remarkable woman who travels to out of the way ancient places and makes them come alive.
Freya Stark was mentioned in To War with Whitaker
By Hermoine Ranfurly. They met during WW2.
Sep 19, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
A wonderful read - learned and literate.
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Freya Stark was born in Paris, where her parents were studying art. Her mother, Flora, was an Italian of Polish/German descent; her father, Robert, an English painter from Devon.

In her lifetime she was famous for her experiences in the Middle East, her writing and her cartography. Freya Stark was not only one of the first Western women to travel through the Arabian deserts (Hadhramaut), she often
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