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Published to critical acclaim in 2008, Nicholas Woodsworth's Mediterranean Trilogy is now available in a single paperback edition. Combining travel narrative, history and reflection on contemporary Mediterranean life, the author begins in Alexandria before visiting Venice and Istanbul.
Paperback, 420 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by Haus Publishing
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Sally Edsall
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel, turkey
A brief volume - mainly travelogue, but history and philosophical musings included.

Took me to parts of Istanbul I know quite well from living there.

One of those very well-written, engaging reads about a place you know and are fasclnated by.

In getting to Istanbul from Venice (Vol 2), he travels to Albania - this is not long after the end of Communism. It is one weird place, and right off the tourist beat. I found it fascinating.

As in the best of all travel writing, his search for the way that p
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Haythem Bastawy
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
A Beautiful narration of a writer's quest for the cosmopolitan Mediterranean spirit that created the legends of cities such as Alexandria, Venice and Istanbul(Constantinople). I love the historical accounts of the haunting pasts of each city and the interactions between the author and the local Mediterranean inhabitants. He seems to unify them all wherever he went on the Mediterranean coasts of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Italy, France through the traits all Mediterranean peoples share; overze ...more
Suzanne Bradley
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Firstly, if you find yourself fortunate enough to be traveling to one or all of these ancient cities, read this book immediately. It is an easy read, Woodsworth is a down-to-earth writer, and he cares not for the beaten path. If you travel the way of most Americans, to the most popular attractions, paying five dollars for a bottled water and feeling more secure amongst your own kind, read Fodor's guides, or better yet, just listen to the guide and get back to the bus on schedule. But if you love ...more
Kevin Murray
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
An engaging telling of the stories of three Mediterranean ports through the eyes of the thoughtful traveller. While yearning for an idealized cosmopolitan past, he finds a globalized present that is somethimg quite different. The description of a declining Ottoman Empire seems.strangely familiar.
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