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  1. Daren Daren says:

    This books covers the journey of the author and his ladyfriend from Tunis in Tunisia to Heliopolis in Egypt covering Tunisia and Libya in the early 1950sIt tells of a Tunisia poised for independence from France which happened in 1956 and a recently independent United Kingdom of Libya still well prior to the oppressive Gaddafi era The colonials are leaving or have left France in the case of Tunisia England in the case of the two coastal provinces of Libya France in the case of the third Libyan desert province of Fezzan It seems a fascinating time one that I have not read about beforeCarrington writes well He is as you might expect of a polite Englishman keen to discuss the positives and doesn't dwell on any of the negative issues but doesn't avoid them completely This books covers in relatively thorough detail for its 226 pages the history; the politics; the culture; and touches on the pre history by which I mean the earlier occupiers of the land including the Phoenicians the Greeks the Romans the Vandals the Byzantines and then the recent colonial occupiers the Arabs the Turks the Spanish the French the Italians and the British; the archaeology and the flora and fauna It even starts with an explanatory chapter on the geology geography and history of Northern Africa such is the authors wish for the reader to start off with a basis of understanding before embarking on the travel itself A self proclaimed writer on natural history Carrington covers it all off wellFor me Carrington gets the mix right There is enough history to gain an understanding there are enough uotations from earlier travellers and writers which are relevant and interesting either for their contrast with the authors experience or the sameness The details and the anecdotes of his travel are interesting amusing and fit well in the context of the narrative and where he speculates he makes it clear he is doing so My only regret is that although Herodotus is mentioned in the blurb and the book dedicated to him he receives only a couple of vague mentions in passing where I had perhaps expected tie in with the authors travelThis is a solid four star read for me and is sufficient or me to seek out of the travel writing of Richard Carrington


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East From Tunis ❰Read❯ ➭ East From Tunis Author Richard Carrington – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Like Herodotus who travelled on the northern coast of Africa over 2000 years ago Mr Carrington is an excellent observer and a man of insatiable curiosity This account of a recent journey from Tunis to Like Herodotus who travelled on the northern coast of Africa over years ago Mr Carrington is an excellent observer and a man of insatiable curiosity This account of a recent journey from Tunis to Egypt takes in many towns ancient and modern Carthage Kairouan Sousse Sfax East From MOBI :Ê Gabes Tripoli Leptis Magna Benghazi Cyrene Alexandria In the author's agreeable company We visit the troglodytes of Matmata and the former palace of Farouk the home of the Lotus Eaters and the Lake of Lethe We learn about Roman mosaics and modern missionaries about North African medicine education and cooking Arab folk tales war cemeteries catacombs plant life pottery carpet weaving sponge fishing camels and locusts Fascinating uestions are asked and answered why is the Sahara all sand Why have so many Roman statues got broken noses The palm tree that died of love the pin up girls in the cathedral porch the amazing story of Sergeant Major Pledge these are a few of the many diversions Mr Carrington gives us on the way.

  • Hardcover
  • 232 pages
  • East From Tunis
  • Richard Carrington
  • English
  • 02 April 2015