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Ottoman Odyssey: Travels through a Lost Empire
Alev Scott's odyssey began when she looked beyond Turkey's borders for contemporary traces of the Ottoman Empire. Their 800-year rule ended a century ago - and yet, travelling through twelve countries from Kosovo to Greece to Palestine, she uncovers a legacy that's vital and relevant; where medieval ethnic diversity meets 21st century nationalism, and displaced people seek ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 4th 2018 by riverrun
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This is my favourite kind of book: part travelogue, part history, part memoir, all woven together into a beautiful whole. I wonder if it’s because I’m an expat (though not an exile) that this book resonated so strongly with me, as the author examines what is meant by the notion of a homeland. She meets people of diaspora communities and people with ties to long-ago homes and distant communities, and people who may or may not be Turkish or Ottoman or Cypriot or Greek. I’ve been reflecting on what ...more
I don’t usually write reviews on goodreads but I couldn’t stop myself from reviewing this amazing gem of a book. It is an absolutely beautiful book which i’m so glad I found in my university’s library. Tells some powerful stories on identity and exile with its effect on the long run. A must read for anyone interested in Turkey and its history. As someone who descends from a multicultural background, I was able to connect with many of the stories I read in the book, and was able to gain a better ...more
This appealed to me because I had recently read a thesis about the Armenian diaspora. Without some background, this would be very hard to follow, although the author does her best. This is very dense with places, dates and names in every line and would be a fact-checker's nightmare. But it is worth persevering past the initial pages. I liked the author's well-researched approach, personal travels and family stories. Particularly for readers such as me in far off lands without this type of histor ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It was such a nice reminder of why I love Turkey - all that history. Scott gives it a fresh look by sharing stories of how the neighboring countries and cultures see Turkey now. It also gives one much to think about as they try to define where they belong, or where is home.
Jan 02, 2019 Chris F rated it really liked it
Well written and interesting, but it did feel at times that things were missing. Possibly this was just that it was rather a short book for one with such a big premise. Certainly well worth reading.