Jun 17, 2004


Finished reading WD's "In Xanadu". I opened the book with much anticipation, since it was highly recommended and found the beginning somewhat disappointing. It seemed too much of raw history and no personal touch. Then the journey takes them and us to Turkey. After Turkey, the pace improved and I found it more and more enjoyable. I found William Dalrymple funny, curious, erudite and most of all sympathetic to the cultures he crosses. Made me add more stuff to my wish list.

The wide-eyed enthusiast who recommended the book, while recounting, mentioned "they both are almost there, when the authorities catch them. his girl friend bursts out crying. and then..". Turns out she doesn't. Its Dalrymple who feels like bursting into tears. Goes to show.

June 17, 2004