On the Shores of the Mediterranean

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Lonely Planet, 1998 - Travel - 501 pages
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As they travel around the sea at the center of Western history, Eric Newby and his wife Wanda visit not only the better-known Mediterranean sights and cities but also venture into places where Westerners are few: Albania under Hoxha, the holy Muslim city of Fez, and a country about to disappear in civil war - the former Yugoslavia. Eric Newby entertains and enlightens as he follows in the footsteps of Cleopatra and St John, and waits for a meeting with Colonel Gaddafi. With his customary flair for description, he is equally at easy pondering King David's choice of Jerusalem as the site for a capital city or enjoying a meal cooked by one of France's finest chefs. His acute curiosity and encyclopedic knowledge combine to make absorbing reading, whether he is explaining the workings of a defunct Turkish harem or the contemporary Mafia. From antiquity to the present, Eric Newby's erudite, engaging tale is not a simple tour but a tour de force.

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User Review  - Tony Gualtieri - Goodreads

I don't quite understand all the negative reviews. It's all here: long descriptive passages, frustrations with transport and accommodation, savored meals, shopping bazaars, trains, boats, buses, walks ... Read full review

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User Review  - Modern Girl - Goodreads

The premise is exciting, but the author isn't much of a storyteller. His tone is too distant at the wrong times, and he goes on too many tangents to help the reader follow the points. I mean, I love a ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Newby was a sailor in the British Navy. He was captured and held in a POW camp in 1942. For nine years he worked in London's fashion industry. He is now the travel editor of The Observer.

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