The Towers of Trebizond, Paperback

The Towers of Trebizond Paperback

5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


This story describes the experiences of a group of people on a trip to Turkey.

Aunt Dot is set on the emancipation of Turkish women through the encouragement of a wider use of the bathing hat, whilst Laurie's only object is pleasure.




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This book is a marvel. Unless you are extremely learned in the Classics, Middle Eastern geography and history, Literature in general, the history and practices of the extremely high end of Anglicanism, fishing and the Soviet Union you will not understand everything in this book - I certainly don't. But it's like meeting someone charming, funny, urbane and a LOT smarter than you who nevertheless grabs your loyalty instantly because they're just so interesting. It's very funny, wistfully sad in parts, incredibly observant and thought provoking. It isn't long but it packs a huge amount in. Look out in particular for Mr Yorum Yorum, absinthe-fueled visions of Hittites, spontaneous singing when the BBC recording van rolls past and British spies strolling in the distance. A feast!

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" "Take my camel, dear" said my aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass." I was captivated right from this great opening sentence. Very funny, but with a terribly sad shock at the end.

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"Take My camel,dear," said my aunt Dot,as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass. Thus begins this delightful book,most of which tells of the travels and adventures of Laurie (the narrator),her aunt Dot,and father Chantry-Pigg. They journey through Turkey and various other countries on a camel of uncertain temper. The main aim is an attempt to convert the Turks and others to the Anglican Church. At one point Dot and Chantry-Pigg disappear behind the Iron Curtain and the party goes their separate ways for a while. An extremely funny book with a downbeat and rather sad ending. Highly recommended.