On Foot to the Golden Horn: A Walk to Istanbul

On Foot to the Golden Horn A Walk to Istanbul On Foot to the Golden Horn recounts Jason Goodwin s breathtaking journey with two companions through Eastern Europe from the dikes and marshes of Poland s Baltic coast across to the Golden Horn in Ist

  • Title: On Foot to the Golden Horn: A Walk to Istanbul
  • Author: Jason Goodwin
  • ISBN: 9780312420673
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Paperback
  • On Foot to the Golden Horn recounts Jason Goodwin s breathtaking journey with two companions through Eastern Europe from the dikes and marshes of Poland s Baltic coast across to the Golden Horn in Istanbul Along the way, they sleep in haystacks, drink with Gypsies, and play with Ceaucescu s orphans, meeting with blatant hostility and overwhelming hospitality as an older EOn Foot to the Golden Horn recounts Jason Goodwin s breathtaking journey with two companions through Eastern Europe from the dikes and marshes of Poland s Baltic coast across to the Golden Horn in Istanbul Along the way, they sleep in haystacks, drink with Gypsies, and play with Ceaucescu s orphans, meeting with blatant hostility and overwhelming hospitality as an older Europe tries to settle with itself, and a new one struggles to be born It is the story of three friends walk through some of the world s most beautiful and tragic places, and of their encounters with a varied and vivid cast of characters.

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    1. It's rather strange to revisit a book after a long gap - especially one you've written yourself. Going through the proofs for this new Kindle edition, I couldn't help making a few small edits; but I didn't want to change much. The voice is the voice of my younger self.When the book won the Mail on Sunday/JLR Prize - an annual award given to a writer under 35 - I received a cheque for £5000, a commission to write a travel piece for the Mail (I chose Venice) and a piece of advice from Bernice Rub [...]

    2. This book caught my eye because I've been enjoying the Yashim/Istanbul mystery series by J. Goodwin so much well as the fact that we had just returned from visitng Prague w/ a continued sense of not understanding the geopolitical nature of Eastern Europe/NOT Eastern Europe/Balkansc.Jason Goodwin decided to approach his beloved and dreamed of Istanbul in a very special wayWALKING - from Poland (on the Baltic coast), through CZ, the tip of Hungary, Transylvania/Romaniaquickly through Bulgaria and [...]

    3. I knew practically nothing about eastern Europe in the 90's before reading this book. Only things I vaguely remember hearing on the news. etc. I learned a LOT. It is by no means a comprehensive history or political overview of each region, just the author's experience as he walks across eastern Europe - anecdotes and a peppering of facts about each area. (So many of which were poor and deeply depressed, economically.) I do wish that the history lessons and the author's modern-day experiences had [...]

    4. Jason Goodwin and two friends walk from Gdansk in Poland through Hungary, Transylvania, Romania, and Bulgaria to Turkey in about 1990, right after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Too much of the first part of the book is complaints about the discomfort of walking, the boring scenery, the problems with finding a place to sleep, and the horrors of the places they do find. There was just enough content to keep me reading – just enough interaction with the people and interesting comments on the [...]

    5. I have greatly enjoyed reading this book.Just after the 'fall' of Communism in Eastern Europe, the author of this book decided to visit Istanbul, a place about which he had dreamt for many years. Rather than approach it suddenly by stepping out of an aeroplane at Istanbul's airport, he decided to approach the city on the Golden Horn gradually, and slowly. In order to do this, he and 2 companions walk there from Gdansk in Poland.The author describes the places through which he passes - often plac [...]

    6. Overall I enjoyed the book. It was interesting to hear what the countries in Eastern Europe were like just after the fall of the Iron Curtain. I'd be curious to know how much or if the people have changed much in the 25 years since. I particularly liked how the author and girlfriend jumped into their adventure with an almost child-like naivete: they planned to sleep wherever they could and trusted in the goodness of the locals, they didn't spend a ton of money on the best walking/camping gear, e [...]

    7. I thought the premise of the book was very interesting and I definitely learned a lot of history about the region. However, I couldn't help but feel that the book was a moment in time, a reflection of a period that no longer existed since I had read it so many years after it was published. For that reason, it was hard to enjoy and get into.

    8. This was really interesting and I'm glad to have read it. That being said, I'll admit that it wsn't at all what I expected. The operative word in the title is "TO." This is mostly about Europe, and what I was hoping for was a book mostly about Istanbul. I like Goodwin's style. I like that while there is a lot of talk about food in this book, he's not a foodie snob about it. A lot of the discussion about politics I probably didn't really understand, as post-WWII (post-1968, even) eastern European [...]

    9. I bought this book expecting to read about the author's travel in Turkey, but I was disappointed to learn that the book does not even dedicate a single chapter to the Golden Horn itself and instead narrates the author and his companions' walk across Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. The most interesting chapter was the one on Transylvania. The rest of the book is quite dry and there is so much complaint, negativity, and cynicism, which can, at times, come off as insulting certain [...]

    10. Thanks to this book, I took a trip to Poland winter. Not that anyone reading this same book would take the same trip as I did, but Goodwin's journey (which starts in Poland) set off a fascination with the countries he hiked through on the way to Istanbul. These are basically the satellites of the old Eastern Bloc of the old Soviet empire, just as they were disintegrating in the 1990s collapse of communist regimes.The author mixes in history with his adventures (which I really like) as he takes u [...]

    11. It's not that Jason isn't a good writer, but the book was perhaps doomed (in my eyes) because so much of the areas he walked through were shaped and scarred by ugly politics. This made for depressing reading.Add to that lots of history where again we are exposed to a lot of ugly politics and military campaigns, and where are we?We are reading a long book about a long walk that is very depressing overall. I can only hope any future travels and hikes that I take turn out lots better than this one [...]

    12. Still walking . . . very different book that I bought because it has Istanbul on the cover. But this is more than Istanbul as it is a walk through eastern Europe starting in Poland. The times were confusing politically and things were changing. Currently in Transylvania . . . I am dabbling in this book while I read others.8/24/12 Finally made it . it ends right when they are in sight of Istanbul! I think they got tired of walking and I was confused about where they were at. Interesting by not o [...]

    13. Not really bad, but disjointed, and uneven in its density. Clearly a good snapshot of its time and place. Though I did find sorting out the names of the various people he meets to be difficult. Really more about Eastern Europe in 1989 than Istanbul. In fact, not at all about Istanbul. And I can't imagine not washing my hair for four months. Eww!!

    14. Don't read this if you are looking for a travel book in any way about Turkey (I was) as the book ends when they are about to walk into Istanbul after starting from the Baltic sea coast in Poland. There's a good chunk of Poland and Romania, a bit about Hungary, and all too little about Slovakia and Bulgaria. Otherwise, this is a reasonably engaging travel narrative.

    15. Jason Goodwin and a couple of his friends decide to walk from Poland to Turkey, and why the hell not?! Well written, maybe a little too much history at some points but a jolly good read overall.

    16. This was good. I've read a few of Jason Goodwin's mysteries, set in 19th century Turkey, and along with this book, they show his fascination with this part of the world. Makes me want to go!

    17. Hated the writing style. I felt it was too self-indulgent for a travelogue (which is what I was expecting).

    18. Truly in the footsteps of Leigh Fermor but with a dollop of more humour as the intrepid walkers traverse an area cut off for decades Travel writing at its most brilliant

    19. I read this in the eighth grade. I give it five stars because it was the first, best travelouge that opened the world to me. As far as the writing - Mr. Goodwin doesn't miss a beat.

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