Turkish Reflections: A Biography of a Place

Turkish Reflections: A Biography of a Place Review

Mary Settle offers us an intimate portrait of a Turkey rarely seen-a land where the cutting of a tree is a crime, where goats are sacrificed to launch state-of-the-art ships, and where whole towns emerge at dusk to stroll in the streets. She finds ancient monasteries converted into discos, underground cities carved out of rock, and sleek jet-set yachts alongside camels piled high with copper pots. She follows in the footsteps of emperors and nomads, sultans and shepherds; explores the trails blazed by Alexander the Great, Tamerlane, Genghis Khan, and Ataturk. "Turkish Reflections" is a cross-country odyssey into history, legend, mystery, and myth.

Title:Turkish Reflections: A Biography of a Place
Edition Language:English

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  • Leanna

    After reading a culture guide on Turkey, I discovered a review on Amazon recommending Mary Lee Settle’s “destination book” Turkish Reflections: A Biography of a Place. I immediately bought the b...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This is my last Turkish read in a year where I tried to read a lot of books about, from, and set in Turkey. I have to admit that this was a bit of a let-down. Mary Lee Settle returns to Turkey in 1989...

  • Teneke

    I couldn't make it past 50 pages of this book. The author's style was terribly disjointed and standoffish. Although I very much hope to visit Turkey someday, if I was on the fence, this book would hav...

  • Paul Haspel

    The nation of Turkey has held an important place in the literary career of Mary Lee Settle; she lived there from 1972 to 1974, and her 1978 novel Blood Tie, with its Turkish setting, won the National ...

  • Al

    Ms. Settle writes engagingly of early days living in Turkey, and how she became a lifelong fan of all things Turkish. Much of the book is devoted to her travels through central and eastern Turkey in ...

  • Kyra

    Interesting but a bit too long & repetitious towards the end. If you are interested in Asia Minor and/or Turkey and its Seljuk/Byzantine/Ottoman past this book does add a different perspective to the ...

  • Bob Newman

    Turkey---It's More Than Just RuinsEveryone who writes a book about their travels around the USA, or on life in some part of it, is not required to write sections on the genocide of the American Indian...

  • Aisha

    Seriously one of the best books I have ever read. Take your time while reading... Settle gives you so much information, culture and history about Turkey that you might have difficulty digesting it all...

  • Roberta

    A very contemplative read and a good companion the The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire, which covers parts of the same territory. I haven't re...

  • Lorraine

    Oh, this was lovely, lovely, lovely! History, culture, travel, it evokes the mystery and beauty of Turkey in a way that made me feel like I was revisiting well-known and loved places! And yesterday, w...