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Perseus in the Wind Kindle » Perseus in  PDF/EPUB or This is the first thing I ve eve read from Freya Stark and I have to wonder how I never stumbled upon her sooner Even now I picked her up from the travel literature shelf only because I liked her name.I m very glad that I did though I measure books among other things by the number of ideas it introduces, and there was something to think about in every one of the twenty chapter essays.I will surely be rereading it sometime in the future. Freya Stark was mentioned in To War with WhitakerBy Hermoine Ranfurly They met during WW2. I give five stars not because it s perfect, but because parts of it are Parts of it are so insightful, poignant, and majestic that they merit five stars for the whole book Those parts are so frequent and powerful that they merit persevering through the sections that are a bit tedious, or nebulous.Perhaps I ll put a list of my favorite essays here later Perhaps I won t, so you can discover them for yourself. Perseus in the Wind is a memoirthan anything else my opinion It provides insight into Stark s other writings, yes, andso it s an interesting read by a trained observer More history than travelogue and complete with anecdotes and analysis Good stuff. 30% amazingly atmospheric and mesmerising prose 70% ponderous, turgid and self indulgent drivel It is a book of it s era, and thankfully that era has passed Rescued by the 30%, but ultimately disappointing. I found parts of this book to be insightful and beautifully written I loved the essay on Education Other parts were so tedious that I found my mind wandering and was surprised to reach the end of a chapter having no idea what I d just read Of course you also need to understand that the book is of its time, and try to ignore such statements as Men, being on the wholeintelligent than women WHAT I still do want to readof Stark, particularly regarding her travels through I found parts of this book to be insightful and beautifully written I loved the essay on Education Other parts were so tedious that I found my mind wandering and was surprised to reach the end of a chapter having no idea what I d just read Of course you also need to understand that the book is of its time, and try to ignore such statements as Men, being on the wholeintelligent than women WHAT I still do want to readof Stark, particularly regarding her travels through Persia and the Middle East Written just after World War II, Perseus in the Wind named after the constellation is perhaps the most personal, and haunting, of all Freya Stark s writings Putting together memories and reflections, harvested from life and accident , that have carried her through her travels, Stark muses on the seasons, the effect light has on a landscape at a particular time of day, the smell of the earth after rain, Muslim saints, Indian temples, war, and old age Each chapter is devoted to a particular theme Happiness simple pleasures, like her father s passion for the view from his cabin in Canada Education to be able to command happiness, recognize beauty, value death, increase enjoyment Beauty incongruous, flighty, and elusive a description of the stars, the burst of flowers in a park Death a childhood awareness of the finality of Time, the meaningfulness of the end Memory the jewelled quality of literature, pleasure, love, an echo or a scent when aged by the passage of timeWoven throughout this beautifully crafted book are references to Stark s many travels, from Asolo to Aden, Iran to India For those who have loved her travel writing, Perseus in the Wind illuminates the motivations behind her journeys and the woman behind the traveller

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