ISBN-10: 1596916524

ISBN-13: 9781596916524

ISBN-10: 1608194353

ISBN-13: 9781608194353

The Meander is a river so famously winding that its identify has lengthy on account that come to indicate the frustrations and the virtues of the oblique procedure; an strategy that the writer uses whereas touring the size of the river on my own and by means of kayak.

Jeremy Seal, a usual raconteur, takes readers from the Meander's resource within the uplands of critical Turkey to its mouth at the Aegean, with as many historic, cultural, and private asides as there are bends within the river.

The river itself has mostly been forgotten, however the Meander was once the unique conduit during which the cultures of Europe and Asia first met, then clashed. the town on the river's mouth observed the 1st nice flowering of western philosophical notion, 2500 years in the past. the town on the river's resource commanded the mountain cross that carried the world's earliest roads resulting in Mesopotamia and directly to India. All demeanour of mythical adventurers, infantrymen, and visionaries gone through: the Persian King Xerxes on his technique to defeat at Salamis, Alexander the good en path to his conquest of Asia, and St. Paul developing the earliest of the Christian church buildings, to call only a few.

Today the Meander valley is the house to a rare mixture of humans, a few ethnic Turks yet many others, too, who have been resetteled during periods of Ottoman upheaval. even supposing the river hasn't ferried items or humans (due to too many twists and turns), its shorelines are domestic to fishermen and farmers, bandits and classicists, a gaggle as assorted and fascinating because the river's storied earlier.

Present day will take a seat beside prior, rules will collapse to anecdote, and characters will abound during this atmospheric, incident-rich, and free-flowing portrayal of the basic assembly aspect among East and West.

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