By horseback, camelback, and sea vessel Alexander William Kinglake takes the reader through the Middle East. With intelligence, confidence, and a sense of humor he relates his travels through Constantinople, Palestine, Syria, Cyprus,and the Holy Land. In Cairo he gives a detailed account of the plague and the utter fear everyone felt. He looks around him with aristocratic distance, but also with a diplomatic and learned insight used for sustained self-examination in this solitary journey. Instead of geographical, historic, scientific, and political details, this journal is more about his own personal scrutiny. It is written in the form of a spirited letter to a good friend--straightforward, surprising, and personal. That quality is what makes Eothen a modern travelogue, possibly the first and indisputably one of the best. Please Note: This book has been reformatted to be easy to read in true text, not scanned images that can sometimes be difficult to decipher. The Microsoft eBook has a contents page linked to the chapter headings for easy navigation. The Adobe eBook has bookmarks at chapter headings and is printable up to two full copies per year. Both versions are text searchable.
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