Freya Stark has been called 'a traveler of genius' as well as 'an artist in prose'. Her knowledge and descriptions as found in Alexander's Path alone will verify both statements. She is certainly a traveler of parts far and wide, and having discovered that 'no part of the world can be more beautiful than the western and southern coasts of Turkey', she tells in this book of third visit there in the 1950s. The route she takes is that which was trodden twenty-two centuries previously-though in an opposite direction-by Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia. The author's imagination and sense of history provide a bridge into that ancient world, whilst also bringing us close to the twentieth century Turkey-for she travels by horse and jeep along little used routes where she meets the country people, who respond gladly to her informed curiosity.
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