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Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey (Seal Women's Travel) Paperback – February 22, 2006
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"Absorbing personal adventures reveal Turkey with depth, sincerity and delight. I've been waiting a long time for this book!" -- Tom Brosnahan, veteran guidebook author for Berlitz, Frommers and Lonely Planet, originator of Lonely Planet Turkey, founder of the Turkey Travel Planner website and author of travel memoir Turkey: Bright Sun, Strong Tea
"An excellent holiday read." -- Lonely Planet Turkey (2007)
"Closely observed, finely wrought. Vividly depicts invaluable life lessons when people are obliged to cope in an alien world." -- Craig Storti, director of the cross-cultural training firm Communicating Across Cultures, and best-selling author of The Art of Crossing Cultures
"Impressive. [These women] lead the way in reconciling the many conflicts and misunderstandings between east and west." -- Publishing Trends, June 2005, an intelligence newsletter for the American publishing industry
"The beauty of Tales is that each story paints Turkey as the narrator experiences it, and, together, the stories construct a portrait of a people and their place." -- National Geographic Traveler, July/August 2006
"Transcends cultural stereotypes deeply-embedded in the perceptions of the Eastern harem; probes the limitlessness of female venture and portable homelands." -- Elif Shafak, professor of Middle Eastern studies, University of Arizona, and award-winning Turkish author of The Bastard of Istanbul
"Transcends cultural stereotypes deeply-embedded in the perceptions of the Eastern harem; probes the limitlessness of female venture and portable homelands." -- Elif Shafak, professor of Middle Eastern studies, University of Arizona, and award-winning Turkish author of The Saint of Incipient Insanities
"[A] wonderful book; beautifully written, thought-provoking and inspiring. Every essay is spot on, literary and insightful....Be ready to book a flight to Istanbul afterwards." -- Daily Telegraph (UK), January 31,2007
"[T]he stories...entertain and inform. Read about navigating male-female relationships and one woman's really close shave in a Turkish hamam." -- International Herald Tribune, December 13, 2006
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The quality of the writing is uniformly high, despite the fact that many of the contributors were amateur writers coaxed--and carefully edited--by Ashman and Gökmen. The two editors each contribute a tale as well: Ashman with a description of her opulent, high-society Istanbul wedding, and Gökmen with a story about giving her Turkish language skills a workout as she takes a road trip with her American mother. For anyone who wants to get a real feel for what it's like to marry into a foreign culture, or to see how daily life works out while settling into another land, this is an engaging and masterful collection.
with everyday living that I never realized before.
I would especially recommend this anthology to those who may hold erroneous stereotypes about the Turkey and its treatment of women.
So, if you are still saying: "Turkey!? Didn't you see that movie "Midnight Express!?" please, please read this book.
You will be amazed and enchanted to discover a people and a culture of hospitality, warmth, and reverence for the female spirit.
While there are tidbits about Turkish life [endless drinking of tea; gracious hospitality; etc.], this volume is less about Turkey than it is about self-discovery on the part of the foreign women who contributed their experiences to this volume. And that is valid -- while many people [non-travelers] believe that expats do it for the excitement, for the opportunity to see sights, living in a foreign environment is more about self-discovery: what about what I believe/do is part of me and unchangeable, what is due to societial restrictions; what am I willing to change, and what am I adamant about holding onto. This is what these contributors write about.
The volume is well-written and edited. It is an easy read. Each chapter, by a different contributor, stands independent from the others, so it is easy to pick up and put down.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Compelling subject written in a compelling manner. I read it through the library, but then bought it because I need to have this book on my bookshelf at home.Published 2 months ago by Kim Burkhardt
Coming clean in keyseri by Wendy Fox was my favorite, but they all brought out tales of self discovery and made me realize that some of the adjustments for my time in Turkey were... Read morePublished 3 months ago by CaptSeahawk
Captivating short stories well written with humorous stylePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the best books I've read. I've lent it to several friends, and they have all loved it. You will repeat several of the stories.Published 18 months ago by Beverly Godwin
Since I love to travel, especially in Turkey, this was a helpful book to hear how other expat women deal with the culture.Published on December 25, 2013 by Vivian Leigh Jones
Whether plants or people, being uprooted and transplanted is a shock to the system. Some flourish and other wither. Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by A. Buerer
The book, Tales from Expat Harem, provides a wonderful overview of women living in Turkey. It was interesting to read about their experiences while living and traveling throughout... Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Sharrilyn
I was in Turkey when I started reading this and I continued to read and enjoy it when I got home. Each story rings true and so many of the anecdotes reflected aspects of life that... Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Charlotte