Woodge's Reviews > Travels with a Tangerine: From Morocco to Turkey in the Footsteps of Islam's Greatest Traveler

Travels with a Tangerine by Tim Mackintosh-Smith
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Jun 30, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: non-fiction, travel, abandoned
Read from June 30, 2010 to September 20, 2012

The relatively unknown Ibn Battutah (1304-1368) grew up in Tangier, Morocco. At the age of 21, he embarked on a journey throughout the Middle and Far East for almost 30 years. The author, a British man who has lived in Yemen for 17 years and is fluent in Arabic undertakes a journey that will be about a third of Ibn Battutah's.

I used to read a lot more travelogues and I've really enjoyed them. Not this one, though. In fact I'm surprised I got as far as I did with this one (more than half-way). The author's prose is dry, uncompelling, and rambling. Yeah, he knows a lot of history... but he doesn't convey it very well. He's just dull.
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Reading Progress

06/30/2010 page 34
10.0% "Ibn Battuta!"
07/30/2010 page 159
45.0% "As he travels, the author is most often asked, "Are you a Muslim?""
08/02/2010 page 302
86.0% "on 302 of 404, excellent tale so far"
09/14/2012 page 214
60.0% "Surprised I've got this far in this one."
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