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A Tight Wide-open Space: Finding love in a Muslim land Paperback – August 5, 2011
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About the Author
Matt’s writing career stretches back to a letter he wrote in the fourth grade to President Ronald Reagan.
It is appalling that a 9-year old kid would speak to the Leader of the Free World as boldly and as presumptuously as Matt did in that letter.
In fact, if someone spoke to Matt now in the same tone he himself used with the President 30 years ago, Matt would slap that guy in the face. The US and the Soviet Union never came to nuclear blows though, so that letter must have done some good.
After single-handedly saving the world from nuclear destruction, Matt taught English in China, imported kitchenware into the US, and screwed down payroll for a national apparel retailer. Along the way, Matt has never stopped writing. He has written for the Hurriyet Daily News and Today’s Zaman newspapers in Turkey, and he blogs at mattkrause.com.
By the way, he has never forgotten his college-era dream of walking from Cork, Ireland, to Ho Chi Minh City, but he should probably get that done before he is 70 and needs hip replacement surgery.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a story of one man's 6 year adventure in Turkey. The author writes in an easy, down to earth style that invites you in to share this journey. Each chapter is a story in itself that the author weaves together into a beautiful tapestry of life and love. It is a love story, but not just the love of a woman, it is the love of a people and their culture. I don't think I would ever have the guts to leave everything I know to move to a strange country, but that's what makes this story so fresh and exciting. The willingness to take that leap of faith for love.
At a time when many people may fear a Muslim country, Matt helps us to see that "the things we have in common are about 95%." I enjoyed learning about that 95% and getting to know Matt through his stories.
Along with the stories and the beautiful imagery of Turkey, I took away a kind of calmness. As Matt discovered that he can deal with all the surprises that life throws at him and still be fine, I realize that I too can learn from that. It's all how we look at life's challenges.
Matt has captured the essence of what it's like to be an expat in Istanbul. He has wonderfully woven his personal experiences, warts-n-all, with interesting and useful information about the city that most new arrivals have to pick up as they go along. This book is a wonderful read, and as other reviewers have said, feels as warm and confiding as if you were sitting listening to a friend sharing his anecdotes.
Matt skillfully articulates the challenges and rewards and the joys and disappointments of trying to find your place in a new home in a new city and a new culture. Matt's storytelling is insightful, honest and humble, and the book is one which will resonate with many expats... especially those of us trying to adapt to living in this city of contradictions.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A guy meets a pretty girl on a airplane. He tracks her down. Turns out she is from Turkey. He decides to go live there so he can be with her. Read morePublished 12 months ago by ellison
Matt's book is well written. I would recommend it for anyone who has interest in Muslim culture. Great read for those interested in foreign culture.Published on July 15, 2013 by TED C.
A must read book for those interested in 'self discovery' of and an engaging 'first hand experience story' of a foreigner in Turkey, a country that combines east and west...Published on December 26, 2011 by Niyazi Kamisli
I have a fondness for Turkey having lived there. This book renewed my love of Turkey and the people. If you plan on traveling there I would suggest reading this book. Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by Gayle C. Solberg
Once a friend of mine had postulated that if a writer wants to be read by masses he/she has to include love, sex, history, suspance, tension, conflict of egos, civilizations and so... Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by Bulent Ozsoy
Matt Krause's newest book, A Tight Wide-open Space: Finding Love in a Muslim Land, is a touching, intimate and informative glimpse into the life of an expat. Read morePublished on September 16, 2011 by Kathleen H. Gundogdu
In a Tight Wide Open Space author Matt Krause takes you on a journey into a relationship and another country. Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Helene E Tozier