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The Harem: Inside the Grand Seraglio of the Turkish Sultans Paperback – May 13, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
But just as I was getting bored, we hit a section on eunuchs, and I was grossed out by the details of how to make one and what all he can and cannot do that I almost begged for a return to long descriptions of crumbled towers. Eventually, we get to the power intrigues of the higher-ranking women and the murders they command in order to get their sons on the throne, which I found really interesting. In fact, I hoped for more.
I kept awaiting more detailed accounts of The Hall of Circumcision. And a room referred to as The Room Where They Murdered the Rival Princes. And apparently, someone at the royal court had the job title of The Keeper of the Sherbets, a job I might have liked to have had, except I would probably have been tortured to death for handing the Sultan the wrong flavor.
The reading of this book was made even more difficult because there are a couple of pages where the final letter of each line is omitted, so you have to guess what word was intended.
There are a lot of cheap black-and-white pictures. I think this book would appeal more to architects and archeologists. I can't recommend it to the casual reader.
This book is so incredibly boring to read, it'll put you down like a baseball bat.
Other than that- it's well written and very concise. Do not expect anything racy or sexy. It treats sex like a seventh grade health course.
The book also does not deal with the Harem entirely. It covers the palace of the Sultan, which the Harem is only one part. So don't expect an entire book on slave girls. It covers everything else and only spends part of the book on the women themselves.
I have this book and I'm looking for another book to supplement it.