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Letters from Syria is the incredible wartime story of the British explorer Freya Stark, having travelled extensively throughout the middle east in the inter war years, travelling further and more widely then any western explorer had done previously. joining the British Ministry of Information at the out break of World War II, she helped spread propaganda to the Arab nation Letters from Syria is the incredible wartime story of the British explorer Freya Stark, having travelled extensively throughout the middle east in the inter war years, travelling further and more widely then any western explorer had done previously. joining the British Ministry of Information at the out break of World War II, she helped spread propaganda to the Arab nations aimed at persuading the Arabs to support the Allies. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.


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Letters from Syria is the incredible wartime story of the British explorer Freya Stark, having travelled extensively throughout the middle east in the inter war years, travelling further and more widely then any western explorer had done previously. joining the British Ministry of Information at the out break of World War II, she helped spread propaganda to the Arab nation Letters from Syria is the incredible wartime story of the British explorer Freya Stark, having travelled extensively throughout the middle east in the inter war years, travelling further and more widely then any western explorer had done previously. joining the British Ministry of Information at the out break of World War II, she helped spread propaganda to the Arab nations aimed at persuading the Arabs to support the Allies. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Yazan

    3 stars, almost none of them goes to Stark’s views, but to the book’s reflection of the western mentality toward the Levant in the interwar era, specially the narrow orientalist superiority which shows through Stark’s often offensive sarcasm, the previous thoughts through which Damascus was shallowly described, and her passive/aggressive relation with her hosts in Mount-Lebanon, admiring their simplicity and kindness, yet mocking their attempts to escape their reality into imitating the west. Al 3 stars, almost none of them goes to Stark’s views, but to the book’s reflection of the western mentality toward the Levant in the interwar era, specially the narrow orientalist superiority which shows through Stark’s often offensive sarcasm, the previous thoughts through which Damascus was shallowly described, and her passive/aggressive relation with her hosts in Mount-Lebanon, admiring their simplicity and kindness, yet mocking their attempts to escape their reality into imitating the west. Although full of stunning remarks about the identity crisis and the sectarian tension in Syria and Lebanon (greater Syria back then), it’s still an annoyingly colonial book for the 21st century reader, unless read with understanding and acceptance of its era, in which case it could get interesting and fun.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    It was a delight to read Freya Stark's early adventures learning Arabic in Beirut and Damascus as well as wandering among the desert Druze of southern Syria. She was such a good writer with astute and humorous observations of the world. She also had a robust sense of adventure, especially for a single woman in 1928. She's someone I would have liked to invite to dinner. It was a delight to read Freya Stark's early adventures learning Arabic in Beirut and Damascus as well as wandering among the desert Druze of southern Syria. She was such a good writer with astute and humorous observations of the world. She also had a robust sense of adventure, especially for a single woman in 1928. She's someone I would have liked to invite to dinner.

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