Mar 12, 10
Read from March 05 to 11, 2010
Haunting stories of a part of the world that has been at the crossroads for millenia.
Kaplan does a great job of sharing his travelogue through the Balkans and bringing to life a number of historical as well as local people in the region. I found the last chapters on Greece actually the most interesting as they most effectively challenged many conceptions of the place.
For me, this was a book that left me with more questions and desire to learn than it did satisfaction that I really better understand the Balkans. If that was the goal, then this was successful however if Kaplan's objective was to really engross the reader and bring them into the journey, I don't think it succeeded.