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Meander: East to West along a Turkish River

Magazine article Geographical

Meander: East to West along a Turkish River

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MEANDER: East to West along a Turkish River by Jeremy Seal Chatto & Windus, hb, 16.99 [pounds sterling]

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The word 'meander' is one that often seems to conjure up assumptions. We tend to think of it as describing something--often a conversation--that is leisurely and circuitous, a bit like a looping river with ox-bow lakes.

So strongly is the metaphor rooted in our consciousness that we seldom think of it as the name of an actual river, much less one that could be visited and travelled along. But as Jeremy Seal says in the first words of his charming and eloquent new book: 'I would have gone down the Meander years ago if rd known it existed.'

Coming from Seal, this is something of an admission for--as those who are familiar with his earlier book, A Fez of the Heart, will already know--Turkey, the land of the meandering river, is his territory. Seal has been writing about the country for years, and for him it's a place that constantly throws up surprises. …

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