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The Lycian Shore (Travel Classics)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Freya Stark, along with Gertrude Bell, was the greatest woman traveller of the 20th century - she was also one of the finest travel writers and inspired a whole generation who followed her. Here, she combines her sense of adventure with a unique eye for history and landscape.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 2002 by John Murray (London) (first published 1956)
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Dave Clarke
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
after falling in love with her style and passion for travel from reading 'the gates of southern arabia', I was slightly disappointed to see that she became a more verbose author, playing to a clique, that of course no longer exists ... that said, as one familiar with the stretch of coast they traverse, it was a fascinating insight into the last days of undeveloped innocence, before the money from tourism linked Lycia in a way that Alexander could only have dreamed off ... as well as leaving many ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Freya Stark was an explorer and writer who travelled across the Middle East, often visiting rarely explored areas. She was a determined individual who didn’t mind getting a few scrapes when trying to get to a coveted destination:

Brambles, the prickly holly-oak and spiky thickets of acacia grew thick as we reached the ruins where the city streets once led. A Roman bath with brick outlines to its arches fed a tree on its high wall; near it stood a small temple, with four fluted engaged columns an
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
My first Freya Stark, an author I've been longing to read.
Unfortunately, from what I gather, this isn't the most accessible or representative book of her writings.
She is mostly writing about 3th and 4th century BC Greece. On this (mostly) boat journey she is usually referencing scholarly works in relation to the sites she is visiting. Unless you're somewhat knowledgeable in the history and characters it's a struggle to get much out of it. She doesn't offer much context or explanations. While I'm
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Freya Stark's travelogues tend to be rather difficult to get hold of, but I managed to pick up a copy of The Lycian Shore, in which she describes her journey of travelling around the coast of Turkey by yacht, 'following in the wake of the Greeks and Persians', for 25 pence in a charity shop. Whilst I love travel literature, I had never read any of Stark's work before picking this up. Arguably, The Lycian Shore is more about Greek history than anything else, and myth and history certainly oversha ...more
Joshua Peters
An interesting overview of Freya’s journey, and much better than Balfour’s recounting of the same trip. Freya displays her customary genuine passion for history and her interest in those she encounters while travelling, resulting in a wonderful blend of old and new storytelling. This particular book gets a bit esoteric at times, though it’s generally enjoyable and adds nicely to the travellers history of this fascinating coast.
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Last winter (2006) I read her Ionia, which I had picked up at the Seattle Public Library Book Sale, and really loved it. I put it off for a long time because I don’t really like travel writing, but it’s more history than anything, and she’s a brilliant and emotive writer. When I saw she had written on Lycia, I had to seek it out, as it’s one of my minor obsessions. The Lycian Shore, in modern parlance, is entirely made of awesome.
Freya Stark was mentioned in To War with Whitaker
By Hermoine Ranfurly. They met during WW2.
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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