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  • Title: The Valleys of the Assassins: and Other Persian Travels
  • Author: Freya Stark
  • ISBN: 9780375757532
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hailed as a classic upon its first publication in 1934, The Valleys of the Assassins firmly established Freya Stark as one of her generation s most intrepid explorers The book chronicles her travels into Luristan, the mountainous terrain nestled between Iraq and present day Iran, often with only a single guide and on a shoestring budget Stark writes engagingly of the nomHailed as a classic upon its first publication in 1934, The Valleys of the Assassins firmly established Freya Stark as one of her generation s most intrepid explorers The book chronicles her travels into Luristan, the mountainous terrain nestled between Iraq and present day Iran, often with only a single guide and on a shoestring budget Stark writes engagingly of the nomadic peoples who inhabit the region s valleys and brings to life the stories of the ancient kingdoms of the Middle East, including that of the Lords of Alamut, a band of hashish eating terrorists whose stronghold in the Elburz Mountains Stark was the first to document for the Royal Geographical Society Her account is at once a highly readable travel narrative and a richly drawn, sympathetic portrait of a people told from their own compelling point of view This edition includes a new Introduction by Jane Fletcher Geniesse, Stark s biographer.
    The Valleys of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels Hailed as a classic upon its first publication in The Valleys of the Assassins firmly established Freya Stark as one of her generation s most intrepid explorers The book chronicles her travels i

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    1. Freya Stark is a great name, a bare fertility though is not a complete description of her writing style, which reminded me so strongly of Rebecca West s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon that I wondered, until I looked at the publication dates, if Stark s writings consciously or unconsciously had been used by West as a prose model There is however one important difference, West s account of a journey through Yugoslavia is tied together by her thesis that the virility of the Serbs and their self concept [...]

    2. Solitude, I reflected, is the one deep necessity of the human spirit to which adequate recognition is never given in our codes It is looked upon as a discipline or a penance, but hardly ever as the indispensable, pleasant ingredient it is to ordinary life, and from this want of recognition come half our domestic problems The fear of an unbroken t te t te for the rest of his life should, you would think, prevent any man from getting married Women are not so much affected, since they can usually b [...]

    3. Freya Stark lived a fascinating, fearless, adventurous, long life She spent most of it traveling in the Middle East, much of that travel in regions where women traveling alone was unheard of She traveled as a native, on a pack mule, sleeping in homes in small villages, learning how the locals lived.She wrote many articles about her discoveries that were published in the journals of the Royal Geographic Society, and drew up maps of regions that were until then unmapped She took photographs and ac [...]

    4. Freya Stark negli anni 30 del secolo scorso ha esplorato le zone pi sconosciute della Persia Erano regioni che sulle mappe della British Geographical Society erano bianche oppure erano disegnate per sentito dire La presenza di una donna occidentale sola in quelle lontane plaghe era agli occhi della popolazione locale un fenomeno abbastanza sbalorditivo Freya racconta di come si era quasi abituata a mangiare, leggere, lavarsi e dormire circondata dagli sguardi e dalla presenza di decine di curios [...]

    5. In 1930, 1931, and1932, Freya Stark traveled as a single woman with one or two hired henchmen through mountain regions of what was then Persia, now Iran Her exotically titled the Valleys of the Assassins recounts those several trips, including one to see the ruins of Alamut, the castle of the Old Man of the Mountain, the original assassins Stark s writing is beautiful, with terrific descriptions of the landscapes she passes through While most of what she does is not physically grueling some is , [...]

    6. This has been on the go for a while, unusually but it is very good and really interesting Freya Stark was one woman who broke every mould and dared anything Admirable and inspiring.

    7. Freya Stark was the kind of adventurer and writer the world doesn t really know any She was fearless, at least she made it sound on paper Trained as a geographer and cartographer, she lived in Baghdad in the Thirties and traveled throughout the Middle East, Turkey and Afghanistan intrepidly, sometimes gathering intelligence for the British, sometimes on Archeological expeditions and other adventures Freya went places that few westerners at the time would go, let alone a woman traveling alone She [...]

    8. This is a collection of Stark s writings about her adventure travels in the middle east during the early 1930s, mostly in the Iran Iraq border region She traveled on foot and on horseback through what was then and probably is still very wild and dangerous country, in a place where women were expected not to be, and managed to face down a good many very difficult and dangerous situations It s surprising that she survived but in fact she continued to travel for decades, and died at age 101.She was [...]

    9. It is quite remarkable that an English woman should, in 1930, take a notion to travel by herself to the remote regions of northern Persia a land still closely resembling the tribal patterns of medieval days With local tribesmen as guides, she made her way over the mountains and through the valleys casting herself upon the hospitality of the villagers She seems to have been quite fluent in language and well acquainted with the history of the area which certainly worked in her favor A fascinating [...]

    10. I learned about her by reading Lawrence Durrell s Bitter Lemons of Cyprus He just mentions her briefly but I was quite interested when I read her bio on.For me this book was amazing She seems to have a great ability to relate to people and there are many instances where some kind of savvy was required, from simple humility and politeness to tricky manipulations She also does what little humanitarian aid she can, like dispensing medicines or trying to help make a splint for a broken leg She is a [...]

    11. One of my 2014 favorite reads.In 1930 and 1932 Freya Stark, a British woman in her 30s, traveled into Persia Iran as far as the rock of Alamut, the stronghold of that madman who seduced his followers with hashish into carrying out for hire assassinations from Jerusalem to Marseilles She went alone, on the proverbial shoestring, hiring guides as she went Everyone thought she was mad as well, but when she came back from her second trip she wrote this book, which was an instant sensation and deserv [...]

    12. I d read a biography of Freya Stark first, the excellent Passionate Nomad The Life of Freya Stark that was a full account of Stark s life and adventures, and was curious to read something by Stark herself The Valleys of the Assassins is the first I have read by her.Her adventures in the Middle East, including experiencing different cultures as a lone English woman in many cases, are incredibly interesting She traipses through the Arab world after Lawrence but while there is a largely British inf [...]

    13. I ADORE Freya Stark She inspired my own wanderlust many years ago, and always reminds me that there is so much to learn and explore To be honest, this book was a little tedious, but I think that has to do with the fact that I am reading it decades after it was published I can imagine reading it as a young woman in the 30s and my mind being completely in awe of the world that was out there So for Freya, as an explorer, as a traveler, and as an all around kickass lady, 5 stars For this book, 3 st [...]

    14. This is a fascinating read for several reasons Stark went wherever she pleased and however she wanted, regardless of what the world expected from a single woman in the 1930s, only capitulating occasionally and only to a point, out of politeness and respect for cultures other than her own It s refreshing and inspiring to read about a woman like her and to know that she existed Courage and independence like hers are contagious.This book is also fascinating in how clearly it demonstrates the Britis [...]

    15. I did quite like this book but it was a bit of a slog to read Honestly, I think a lot of it was my own issue rather than any fault with the book This is a book that is very firmly set in the travel writing genre, which I m finding is one that I have a hard time with This book challenges the reader to take it s time with the language, with the absorption of the information presented, and with the story presented A lot of location names and unfamiliar to me language is used, and while I was able t [...]

    16. Narratives of several journeys in remote areas of the Middle East, principally the Persia Iraq border region, in the 1930 s Armed with the self assurance of empire, but also innate savvy, cunning, and fluency in various local languages, the author explores the tribal hill country of Luristan, and the area of northern Persia which was home to the titular assassins first described by Marco Polo, outwitting and deceiving unfriendly officials police as necessary She is motivated partly by her own cu [...]

    17. Reading Valley of the Assasins which describes the travels of this brave woman Freya Stark, as she travels through Persia in the 1930s, one has to admire her courage and great sense of adventure Riding either horses or donkeys she explores first the region of Luristan then the Valley of the Assasins This name comes from the leader Hasan i Sabbah 1071 , whose name Hasan became corrupted to Assasin, due to his habit of drugging and then killing his enemies in his garden Much of the writing is enga [...]

    18. Freya Stark is the closest to a real Indiana Jones that I ve encountered Her adventures across the Middle East in the early 1930s are fascinating, with beautiful descriptions of the land, the people, and the history of the places she went As a modern reader, it s hard not to think about the complicating factors In particular, her archaeology is of the adventurous Indiana Jones type that often seems to create ethical questions than it provides historical answers There are, I am sure, books writt [...]

    19. She was an amazing person, Freya Stark She traveled by herself throughout Iran and Iraq in the 30s, making maps, meeting the locals, and looking for bits and pieces of history She traveled by mule and on foot, using local guides, and every night she d arrive unexpectedly at a some nomad s tent and be invited to dine and given a place to sleep often under the stars It sounds pretty glamorous, and it really is remarkable But I have to say that this book was a bit hard to get through Geography was [...]

    20. Sorry, this is one of the few books I couldn t get into at all as a matter of fact, I couldn t even skim it to the end It was written in a different time and almost in a different, shorthand sort of language While much space and many words given to describing clothing, discussion of history was minimal Like any travelogue, many individuals Freya met on her adventure were named and their clothing described but soon were forgotten Many valleys, mountains, hills, plains, streams were named and, per [...]

    21. This is the story of several journeys undertaken in the early 1930s by that intrepid Englishwoman, Freya Stark Travelling only in the presence of local guides and speaking nothing but Persian for week after week, she leads us into the high mountain country of ancient Kurdistan, Luristan and Lakistan and possibly a few other stans , searching for traces of ancient civilizations as well as Bronze age man She follows old trails through remote villages, occasionally coming across some major work suc [...]

    22. i didn t enjoy stark s writing as much as thesinger s i had really been looking forward to reading this after seeing a review of a new biography about stark her life was really interesting, being english, growing up in italy, and then later traveling on her own in the middle east after studying arabic in lebanon the reviewer recommended this book, saying it was the best among the several she had written i suppose one could say her life was interesting than her writing she writes, at times, pure [...]

    23. Se narra la historia de Freya, quien viaja a Persia por los a os 1930 aprox Me pareci una historia interesante por ser la primera que leo de este tipo, pero adem s porque no conozco nada de la regi n en donde sucede la historia, as que todo result nuevo e interesante.Qued impresionada con la actitud de Stark, quien se adentr en una regi n sin conocerla y, mayormente, por su cuenta, vali ndose de sus conocimientos geogr ficos y cartogr ficos para establecer rutas a seguir y descubrir la ubicaci n [...]

    24. I find I don t really like this person that much But I keep reading her, because I admire her sheer guts and intellect, her uncanny ability to size up personalities, perceive truth and falsehood, bargain, barter, and schmooze Her endless energy and interest Her absolute fearlessness And most of all, the way she puts all this together to get exactly what she wants She would make a fantastic politician seriously, make this girl Secretary of State But that, I suppose, would violate her code of trav [...]

    25. I read this book as a monthly discussion group assignment It is an interesting account written in 1937 of the travels of British author Freya Stark, a lone traveler, archaeologist and geographer Stark documents her travels in Persia Iran by mule and foot, mapping the terrain and searching for bronze age remnants of civilizations Her descriptions of the remote villages and peoples she encounters as well as the country are well done and it is interesting reading, although names of towns are unfami [...]

    26. Flitting about exotic locations must be invigorating, Freya Stark lived 100 adventure filled years She travelled all over Persia as a lone woman and thoroughly enjoyed herself It is refreshing to read the travels of an independent woman, who defied tradition, enjoyed her fellow man, and appreciated the beauty of her surroundings Freya Stark said, One life is an absurdly small allowance I agree She relished life, took chances, did things most of us will never attempt, and fortunately chose to sha [...]

    27. I really liked this book, the memoir of Freya Stark s travels in Persia in the early 1930s She has such humor and wit, and such courage to just pick up and go into these remote places, places where the local people have often never seen a Westerner, let alone a British woman She has a gift for language and for describing the places she visits and the people she meets Her books are truly a portrait of a people and a way of life that was on the cusp of changing forever even when she was there and [...]

    28. After reading this amazing travel journal it made me appreciate the courage and strength of Freya Stark.She is sadly rarely mentioned with explorers of the early 20th century.Her witicisms still hold true today.The only disturbing parts I found were that with the advent of technology the natural beauty of the areas has been degraded.And the unfortunate position in society that the local women held.

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