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Black Sea Paperback – September 30, 1996
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Empires and cities rise and fall with bewilderingly great speed and it becomes increasingly tough to work out who conquered whom and when. Ascherson really wanders off track when he focuses a chunk of the book on Polish patriot Adam Mickiewicz, who spent some time on the Black Sea. Dozens of pages fly past and still we're focused on the most intricate details of Mickiewicz and his intrigues and lovers and none of it really has more than a passing connection to what Ascherson -- a huge Polonophile -- is supposed to be writing about. Eventually he breaks free from his fetish and continues along the Turkish coast towards the former Soviet Union, where he uncovers some of the ethnic tensions still so prevalent in Georgia.
Ascherson writes delightfully and digs deep into history as he strives to provide the context to show why the Black Sea was and is still so important. I just wish someone had urged him to cut out the Polish chapters, which detract from what is otherwise a most enjoyable book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This transported me into an unknown past civilization and has shone a bright light into a hitherto unknown corner of the world !Published 2 months ago by Karina Behr.
Twenty years after its publication, Neal Ascherson's "Black Sea" remains an puzzle. Part travelogue, part narrative history, part contemporary reporting, the book leaves... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John L Murphy
This gives a very detailed discussion of the Black Sea in history, particularly the eastern regions. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Trekker
Another good read for the eastern European/Caucasus region. Fast shipping and excellent quality in a used book.Published 12 months ago by Charles F. Dwyer
Read the book on a wild beach of Lake Huron - a kin landscape with the desolate Black Sea shores, those haunted by the old Scythians and Sarmatians. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I knew very little about the Black Sea and the lands that surround it, so the book taught me a lot. It does jump around a bit between eras and regions, and can be difficult to... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Matthew J. Brennan
I'm only about a quarter-way through this book, but I am rating it now because there could be no better time to read it than now, during the Olympic games in Sochi! Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by charlene at Dosido Bookshelf