Turkish Reflections: A Biography of a Place

Mary Lee Settle, Author, Jan Morris, Introduction by Prentice Hall $19.95 (233p) ISBN 978-0-13-917675-3
In an exotic, engaging journey deep into the heart of Turkey, Settle, who won a 1978 National Book Award for her novel Blood Tie (set in Turkey), revisits a country where past and present are everywhere intertwined. Contradicting the unflattering Western stereotypes of Turks, she depicts a people she admires for their capacity for friendship, their essential warmth and honesty. Istanbul, noisy and frantic, is also ``as polite and friendly as a country village,'' and tough-skinned rural folk are ``almost naively gentle'' beneath their exterior harshness. Settle's hauntingly poetic evocation of a people and place is filled with moments of quiet rapture as she inspects the remains of ancient kingdoms, retraces the paths of Seljuk sultan Aladdin, dips in thermal baths and views mosques and churches, castles, sphinxes and the prison where Nazim Hikmet, Turkey's finest modern poet, was imprisoned for his work. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/03/1991
Release date: 06/01/1991
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