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Baghdad Sketches Travel In the fall of thirty five year old Freya Stark set out on her first journey to the Middle East She spent most of the next four years in Iraq and Persia visiting ancient and medieval sites and

  • Title: Baghdad Sketches (Travel)
  • Author: Freya Stark Barbara Kreiger
  • ISBN: 9780810160231
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Paperback
  • Baghdad Sketches (Travel) By Freya Stark Barbara Kreiger, In the fall of 1928, thirty five year old Freya Stark set out on her first journey to the Middle East She spent most of the next four years in Iraq and Persia, visiting ancient and medieval sites, and traveling alone through some of the wilder corners of the region.

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    1. For over forty years except for a brief interlude when she was married , Freya Stark spent some 40 years traveling by herself in the Middle East I have just finished reading her first book, Baghdad Sketches 1932 , consisting of columns written for the Baghdad Times plus some 8 pieces added later for the British edition.I am amazed that she was able to not only survive traveling in a difficult part of the world roughly between 1928 and 1970, but she lived to the age of 100.She is not the first to [...]

    2. I love Freya Stark The essay The Sentimental Traveler is a masterpiece, it sheds a light on colonialism, post colonialism and modernity vs traditions with as much depth as anything coming out in contemporary thought What I discover is that I want to learn about the places and history she writes about, she does not and does not try to provide the full picture, just her own thoughts and observations Which are rich and worth reading.Though like many writers of her time who travel you have to skip [...]

    3. I really loved this charming book, written by one of my favorite authors Freya Stark traveled to Iraq in the 1920s and 1930s, found an apartment in the Old Quarter of Baghdad and lived there for a time This book is a sort of compilation of mini stories and observations about everyday life in Iraq during that time There is no narrative or overarching story, but rather like a journal with witty, thoughtful insights Her descriptions are fantastic, and you can t help but like her She is balanced an [...]

    4. Stark s experiences living as a single woman in Baghdad in 1928 a lost world, beautifully described I rarely give a book 5 stars, but this one was a constant source of inspiration and delight.

    5. What a dreary book Sand, filthy city hovels and streets, oppressed women hidden behind veils Scanned forward, looking for something interesting or important, to no avail.

    6. I ve only read a handful of Freya Stark s travelogues, but this one is up there for beautiful writing She describes many of the scenes and countryside in a vivid manner and you can see it with your imagination Her adventures in Baghdad and trips around the country were great fun to read It would be nice if my copy of the book had a map to show where she traveled, especially since the names of many of the cities had older spellings or used an older name rather than a modern one.Some favorite line [...]

    7. A travel journal of a woman journeying in Iraq at the turn of the 20th century Not only was she traveling in a British controlled area just a decade or two after the Victorian era and not only was she doing it alone, but she was journeying through the Arab world She did an excellent job portraying a time when the British and Americans were welcomed in Iraq and she displayed a beautiful and ancient culture that today s TV viewers would have difficulty believing.Three takeaways 1 You aren t really [...]

    8. Baghdad Sketches was the first of Stark s writings to be published and presents a series of short essays on her experiences in and around Baghdad Her writing is simply breathtaking, whether she is describing the landscape or the people, and she has such great respect for what she s writing about She s definitely one of my heroes, both as a traveller and as a writer.

    9. This book made me feel very ignorant of Middle Eastern history not a difficult task It was interesting to read these little essays by an intrepid woman traveller from pre WWII Iraq and thereabouts to read Kuwait described as a village for example I most enjoyed the accounts of her domestic life, renting homes in Baghdad.

    10. I picked up this book on the recommendation of a friend Baghdad 1938n t lose track of the fact that this is an ancient city I am now reading Three Cups of Tea, modern Pakistan, in which the travel and cultural issues are similar.

    11. really loved this charming book, written by one of my favorite authors Freya Stark traveled to Iraq in the 1920s and 1930s, found an apartment in the Old Quarter of Baghdad and lived there for a time.

    12. still reading but so far very interesting portrayal of now war torn places in the middle east that were once peaceful

    13. The writing style is not that easy to follow and I really don t like that orientalist tone but overall it draws sketches of Iraqis cities that I am sure are completely changed.

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