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Life on the Golden Horn (Penguin Great Journeys)

by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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The author of this series of letters was a feminist,a traveller and the wife of the ambassador to Constantinople. She travelled there in 1716 with her husband on a not very successful visit. These letters were written from various places on the way,including Vienna,Adrianple and Constantinople itself. They are notable for their descriptive passages and their not always politicly correct comments. In the course of these letters she describes not only the various countries that she passes through,but the people she meets,especially the women of the harem, for whom she admires greatly. The writer constantly tells her corespondents that she is not going to fill her letters with descriptions of buildings and suchlike,neither will she tell of her husbands embassy. She informs them that all this is well known already and that she prefers to write of things fresh and new. In short Lady Mary is a letter writer of the first order.
A marvelous selection by a wonderful writer. I look forward to finding more of her letters in a more complete form elsewhere. ( )
  devenish | May 26, 2011 |
Travelling through the wartorn Balkans with her husband on what proved to be a wholly useless diplomatic mission to Constantinople, Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) left a vivid, informative, clever account of her adventures in the mysterious, sophisticated culture of Ottoman palaces, bathing places and courts which - even as her husband's career was falling apart - she could not have enjoyed more.
  antimuzak | Feb 20, 2007 |
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Travelling through the wartorn Balkans with her husband on what proved to be a wholly useless diplomatic mission to Constantinople, Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) left a vivid, informative, clever account of her adventures in the mysterious, sophisticated culture of Ottoman palaces, bathing places and courts which - even as her husband's career was falling apart - she could not have enjoyed more. "Great Journeys" allows readers to travel both around the planet and back through the centuries - but also back into ideas and worlds frightening, ruthless and cruel in different ways from our own. Few reading experiences can begin to match that of engaging with writers who saw astounding things: Great civilisations, walls of ice, violent and implacable jungles, deserts and mountains, multitudes of birds and flowers new to science. Reading these books is to see the world afresh, to rediscover a time when many cultures were quite strange to each other, where legends and stories were treated as facts and in which so much was still to be discovered.

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Mary Wortley Montagu travelled through the wartorn Balkans with her husband on a mission to Constantinople. This is her account of the adventures in the mysterious, sophisticated culture of Ottoman palaces, bathing places and courts which she could not have enjoyed more.… (more)

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