le 24 février 2010
For as long as I could remember, Damascus had conjured all that was beautiful and alluring on the Eastern horizon. A graceful oasis page on the edge of the Syrian Desert, filled with sparkling fountains and delicate minarets, orchards of figs, pomegranates, almonds and apricots surrounded it. Damascus had enjoyed a rich history."
Freda Stark was English but was raised in Italy. Freda Stark a lonely girl who longed to explore the world was not about to just go on reading about it, but she wanted to ensure that her dreams came through and she went to accomplish this.
Coming out of a middle class family, she started early, learning exotic languages with the determination that travel will follow. She was interested in the East with its rich culture and found her way there eventually.
Termed as a mapmaker, archaeologist, travel writer and explorer, she explored the Middle East from Persia, Syria, Yemen and other Arabian countries, making friends with anyone who would talk to her and educate her more. Her love for learning and writing took her through vast experiences, which are all expounded, in this wonderful novel. Entertaining and educating, you will be delighted with this non-fictional novel that I highly recommended.
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar (SUGAR-CANE 24-02-10)