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The Lycian Shore Hardcover – 1956

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  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Co.; First Edition edition (1956)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719513316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719513312
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,903,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Larry N. Stout on January 22, 2013
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Freya Stark at times delivers lyrical prose that makes the reader salivate. At other times she smothers the reader in what seems an ostentatious display of Classical learning -- breathlessly long history lessons -- so that what is nicely discursive can become distractingly excursive. I wish there were more of her interesting firsthand travel experiences per se, and fewer, or shorter, history lectures. That notwithstanding, this peculiar literary conglomerate contains some gold nuggets of philosophy, which in fact Stark is able to formulate precisely because of her very exceptional historical perspectives. This, for example, is timeless:

"...the summit of civilization is touched by the middle class. It walks along the razor's edge between the tyrant and the proletariat and is short-lived for that reason....I will hold that the middle class produces civilization because it is the only class constantly trained to come to a conclusion, poised as it is between the depth and the height. It is not rich enough to have everything, nor poor enough to have nothing, and has to choose: to choose between a succulent table and a fine library, between travel and a flat in town, between a car and a new baby, or a fur coat and a ball dress: it has enough of the superfluous to give it freedom from necessity, but only through the constant use of discrimination: its life therefore is one long training of the judgement and the will. This by itself need not manufacture greatness; but it is the soil in which it is possible to make it grow. And for this reason, when the rich become too rich and the poor too poor, and fewer and fewer people live under the constant discipline of their decisions, the age of greatness withers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John P. Jones III TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 23, 2012
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Freya Stark lived for an entire century (1893-1993). One senses that it was her indomitable spirit and relentless curiosity that simply drove her to live that long, in order to "fit it all in." Peripatetic and immensely erudite, she learned both Persian and Arabic, handy linguistic skills when traveling in the remoter regions of Southwest Asia. Often she travelled alone, visiting areas where virtually no Western male had seen. I've read, reviewed and highly recommend two other works of hers: The Southern Gates of Arabia: A Journey in the Hadhramaut (Modern Library Paperbacks) which is an account of her 1934 trip to the Hadhramaut, famous in the days of the Roman Empire for its frankincense, and, much more recently, for being the ancestor homeland of Osama bin Laden. The other book is The Minaret of Djam: An Excursion in Afghanistan (Freya Stark Collection), an account of a 1968 trip through the heart of Afghanistan. She relates, among other anecdotes, to taking a bath in a cold mountain spring, at the age of 75. Hard-core, as we once said. "The Lycian Shore" is an account of her 1952 trip, in the autumn, along the Turkish coast, by small boat. She was "one of a kind," and I suspect they just don't make them like that anymore.

The turmoil and displacement of the Second World War had largely subsided. Stark's travels in the Hadhramaut she had done solo. With the success of her earlier depictions of her travels, she obviously developed contacts in the British diplomatic corps, which she used both on this trip, as well as the one in Afghanistan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gwennie on March 17, 2013
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After reading Ionia I expected another history lesson. This volume is different. I like it because there is more attention paid to the current (1952) customs and people of this part of Turkey. Frey Stark provides pictures with words.
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