Eothen

Eothen Review

A solitary Western traveler in the Middle East in 1834, this is an extraordinary work of travel writing that is more about the author's internal journey than it is about monuments and museums, one that replicates the personal experience of travel and how it changes who we are. Kinglake's intimate, conversational style and his sense of humor and irony lend Eothen-the title means "from the early dawn" or "from the East"-an air that still feels as fresh and original in the 21st century as it must have when it was first published in 1844.

This delightful travelogue of a young Englishman's journey through the middle east, in 1835 has become a permanent classic. The authors personal observations of the characters he encounters, including Pashas, interpreters, camel merchants, slave-traders, magicians, Bedouins, governors, soldiers, Jews, monks, pilgrims, and even a famous expatriate stateswoman turned astrologist, are all amusing and give great insight into the Arab character. Kinglake braved the plague, and numerous other ills in order to undertake these travels when transportation in the area was still quite difficult and dangerous, so many of his adventures are hair-raising as well as humorous.

Title:Eothen
Edition Language:English

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  • Buck

    Say what you will about the Victorians, they had self-confidence up the ying-yang. When Alexander Kinglake did his tour of the Middle East in the 1830's, he was essentially a glorified backpacker - a...

  • Jim

    This is perhaps the best book ever written about a trip by a Western European to the Middle East before 1914. Author Alexander William Kinglake does not appear to have any axes to grind and writes viv...

  • Juwairia Adely

    أدب الرحلات، ورحلة إلى المشرق العربي .. رحلة ممتعة بين سوريا و الأردن و فلسطين و مصر .. تحكي أحوال الشرقيين وطبا...

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    رحلة إلى المشرق لدي ضعف شديد تجاه كتب السير الذاتية وكتب الرحلات، تبدو لي ممتعة ومثيرة دوماً، ولكن هذا الكتاب ...

  • Suzannah

    William Dalrymple, surely the most entertaining travel writer of recent years, cites 1830s traveller Alexander William Kinglake as one of his inspirations. Since Kinglake also roamed through the Levan...

  • Sara

    Fabulous. I don't know if I've ever enjoyed a 'classic' more.Kinglake reminded me a surprising amount of Bill Bryson, in tone if not in verbosity.His ending seemed abrupt -- there was a much better en...

  • Debra

    This is a graceful, provocative book with some startling sentences. It is one of those books that challenges you to rethink the familiar.I have frequently quoted his reflection on the use of middlemen...

  • Michael Lipsey

    A trip through the middle-east in 1850, Not a travel book at all. He just described, hilariously, exactly what he saw and heard. The writing is fresh. Worth reading just for his descriptions of what p...

  • Dawn

    Text so well written that the reader gets a tactile and scented visit back in time to Colonial Middle East when British aristocracy found a welcome with all of the strata of population between Turkey ...

  • Michael

    It is difficult to know how to pitch this, a must (ish) read book that has moments of brilliance but a little hard work at times also - I read it imagining some fascination with Hester Stanhope and am...