Eothen A solitary Western traveler in the Middle East in this is an extraordinary work of travel writing that is about the author s internal journey than it is about monuments and museums one that rep

  • Title: Eothen
  • Author: Alexander William Kinglake
  • ISBN: 9781426410796
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Paperback
  • A solitary Western traveler in the Middle East in 1834, this is an extraordinary work of travel writing that is about the author s internal journey than it is about monuments and museums, one that replicates the personal experience of travel and how it changes who we are Kinglake s intimate, conversational style and his sense of humor and irony lend Eothen the titleA solitary Western traveler in the Middle East in 1834, this is an extraordinary work of travel writing that is about the author s internal journey than it is about monuments and museums, one that replicates the personal experience of travel and how it changes who we are Kinglake s intimate, conversational style and his sense of humor and irony lend Eothen the title means from the early dawn or from the East an air that still feels as fresh and original in the 21st century as it must have when it was first published in 1844.This delightful travelogue of a young Englishman s journey through the middle east, in 1835 has become a permanent classic The authors personal observations of the characters he encounters, including Pashas, interpreters, camel merchants, slave traders, magicians, Bedouins, governors, soldiers, Jews, monks, pilgrims, and even a famous expatriate stateswoman turned astrologist, are all amusing and give great insight into the Arab character Kinglake braved the plague, and numerous other ills in order to undertake these travels when transportation in the area was still quite difficult and dangerous, so many of his adventures are hair raising as well as humorous.

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      Alexander William Kinglake 5 August 1809 2 January 1891 was an English travel writer and historian.He was born near Taunton, Somerset and educated at Eton College, Cambridge He was called to the Bar in 1837, and built up a thriving legal practice, which in 1856 he abandoned in order to devote himself to literature and public life.His first literary venture had been Eothen or Traces of travel brought home from the East, London J Ollivier, 1844 , a very popular work of Eastern travel, apparently first published anonymously, in which he described a journey he made about ten years earlier in Syria, Palestine and Egypt, together with his Eton contemporary Lord Pollington Elliot Warburton said it evoked the East itself in vital actual reality and it was instantly successful However, his magnum opus was his Invasion of the Crimea, in 8 volumes, published from 1863 to 1887 by Blackwood, Edinburgh, one of the most effective works of its class It has been accused of being too favourable to Lord Raglan, and unduly hostile to Napoleon III, for whom the author had an extreme aversion.The town of Kinglake in Victoria, Australia, and the adjacent national park are named after him.A Whig, Kinglake was elected at the 1857 general election as one of the two Members of Parliament MP for Bridgwater, having unsuccessfully contested the seat in 1852 He was returned at next two general elections, but the result of the 1868 general election in Bridgwater was voided on petition on 26 February 1869 No by election was held, and after a Royal Commission found that there had extensive corruption, the town was disenfranchised in 1870.



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    1. Say what you will about the Victorians, they had self-confidence up the ying-yang. When Alexander Kinglake did his tour of the Middle East in the 1830's, he was essentially a glorified backpacker - an over-refined product of a bumptious, imperialistic culture. Still, you can't help but marvel at the insouciance with which he charms and blusters his way across the Ottoman empire, browbeating corrupt pashas, strolling nonchalantly through plague-stricken cities, and busting out of tiresome quarant [...]

    2. This is perhaps the best book ever written about a trip by a Western European to the Middle East before 1914. Author Alexander William Kinglake does not appear to have any axes to grind and writes vividly about what the Eastern Mediterranean was like during the waning days of the ottoman Empire. Eothen is a classic and deserves to be read today for its historical perspective on how that part of the world has changed so markedly in a scant hundred years.

    3. أدب الرحلات، ورحلة إلى المشرق العربي رحلة ممتعة بين سوريا و الأردن و فلسطين و مصر تحكي أحوال الشرقيين وطبائعهم ، و عن تعصب المسلمين وحقد المسيحيين ونفاق اليهود كُتبت كمذكرات تصف ما يراه السائح وما يشعر به تستحق القراءة .

    4. رحلة إلى المشرق لدي ضعف شديد تجاه كتب السير الذاتية وكتب الرحلات، تبدو لي ممتعة ومثيرة دوماً، ولكن هذا الكتاب كان استثناءً، لم يعجبني، لم أشعر برحلة المؤلف ولم أعشها، ربما لأنه فقير في طاقته التعبيرية والوصفية، وربما لأنني تضايقت من عجرفته وعنصريته. على أي حال، الرحالة هو آ. [...]

    5. William Dalrymple, surely the most entertaining travel writer of recent years, cites 1830s traveller Alexander William Kinglake as one of his inspirations. Since Kinglake also roamed through the Levant, stopping at Smyrna, Cyprus, Nablus, Cairo, and Damascus, I decided to read his account of his journey. The prospect was tempting on account of being a look at travel in the Levant before the upheavals of the twentieth century, but I was a little surprised by how very entertaining it was.It is the [...]

    6. Fabulous. I don't know if I've ever enjoyed a 'classic' more.Kinglake reminded me a surprising amount of Bill Bryson, in tone if not in verbosity.His ending seemed abrupt -- there was a much better end-point a chapter or two previous (but I suppose it makes sense to finish your travelogue where your travels actually ended).If you like travelogues, this is available for free ebook download on amazon.

    7. This is a graceful, provocative book with some startling sentences. It is one of those books that challenges you to rethink the familiar.I have frequently quoted his reflection on the use of middlemen vs. market bargaining to determine the value of goods.

    8. A trip through the middle-east in 1850, Not a travel book at all. He just described, hilariously, exactly what he saw and heard. The writing is fresh. Worth reading just for his descriptions of what people wore before Nike and Levis ruled the world.

    9. Text so well written that the reader gets a tactile and scented visit back in time to Colonial Middle East when British aristocracy found a welcome with all of the strata of population between Turkey and Egypt. The actual tour took place in 1834 when Alexander William Kinglake was finishing his studies. He describes the tremendous separation between Europe and Asia in his beginning chapter, and with the astounding help of his loyal hired servants journeys to places which hold much meaning for Ch [...]

    10. It is difficult to know how to pitch this, a must (ish) read book that has moments of brilliance but a little hard work at times also - I read it imagining some fascination with Hester Stanhope and am disillusioned there

    11. الكتاب خيب أملي توقعته افضل من ذلك بكثير. يتحدث الرحالة ألكسندر كينقلك عن شوقه وولعه لذهاب الى المشرق وهذا أمر لدى الانجليز شائع في القرن الثامن عشر ميلادي. كان هدفة الاساسي لصلاة في الكنيسة العذراء التي تقع في القدس فلسطين. لكن حدثت في تلك الرحلة بعض العقبات التي هي مصدرها ا [...]

    12. This Englishman's perspective on the middle east-- the middle east that we know today, Palestine and Israel and Syria and Egypt, in all their old Ottoman wildnesses-- is fascinating in more ways than one. Kingslake is an immensely likeable writer, and he writes from an immensely appealing point of view: that of the young twentysomething traveler trotting out across the desert with a bold and shockingly careless opinion of everyone and everything he comes across.He writes with such authenticity a [...]

    13. I picked this book up in January, put it down after a short read, then finished it today as it was due back and was an interlibrary loan copy, i.e. not easily acquired. I didn't want to have to check it out again. My copy was the first edition Blackwood 1904 copy. Since that isn't on Book Reads, I would have had to photograph it, edit it, post the picture and fill in all of the data pertinent to a newly entered book, and to be honest, I just didn't have the time or mindset to get into that, so I [...]

    14. Reading Victorian travel journals is an exercise that requires some practice! While Kinglake's delight in his experiences has to be found somewhere beneath his cocky colonial attitude, not only toward those from the "East" that he meets but also toward other Europeans. At times, you'd almost mistake it for satire but realize that he was being serious in his assessment. This is not a long or complicated read, so it is worth the effort. It is also important to remember that Kinglake's account open [...]

    15. hard to rate right now, at the moment of finishing, cause it tails off. the last several chapters are heavier on the insulting of the local people & rulers. lacking the charm of most of the book. and perhaps the disconnectedness of all the episodes pays off with a lesser satisfaction at the close. but I frequently loved it. maybe with time I will have a clearer opinion on whether or how much I hold this book dear.

    16. Interesting to hear the memoir (for it is very informal English, based on letters written home to a dear friend) of a British subject defy quarantine based on rank, hear comments about tribesman in the hills of Afghanistan to be mobilized at a moment's noticeunts of christians and mohammadeans living uneasily in the same localese very best armchair traveling, in a time machine.

    17. Oh boy. Self-congratulatory, Eurocentrizing travel writing of the first rate. Kinglake has blithe assumptions about women, "Asiatics," "Orientals," and many more, which at times blind or otherwise limit him. Implicitly the story of "how I had freedom and got my own way in everything," Eothen is both a repelling book and an uninteresting one.

    18. Enjoyed only one or two chapters "The Desert" XVII and the following "Cairo and the Plague" which were very evocative of the desert its dangers the arduousness of travel by camel. Snapshots of characters also pretty good but largely a period piece of import for being first of any sense of "modern" in travel writing.

    19. Won't finish this book, got about 2/3rds through. Fun to read "topical and of-the-times" writing (it's a travelogue) from a different era, just to see the style and the horrible racism and narrowness that strikes Kinglake as totally normal, not to mention the crappy practicalities of travel (Ebola quarantines have nothing on this). Still, a bit of a bore.

    20. This first hand account of travel in the 1830's is a gold mine of first hand experience. Unfortunately is is tempered by rampant racism sadly endemic at the time. Nevertheless if one can put on extra thick boots and wade through it is a well written travel journal of travel from a time when each small sub-culture had their own dress and customs; fascinating read, shower after recommended.

    21. Enjoyable read of the travels across the Middle East during the 1834 at the time of the plague. Loved the passion and curiosity to see the world that transcended cultural norms and fears.

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