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The Towers of Trebizond


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ISBN13: 9780374533632
ISBN10: 0374533636
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Hailed as “an utter delight, the most brilliant witty and charming book I have read since I cant remember when” by The New York Times when it was originally published in 1956, Rose Macaulays The Towers of Trebizond tells the gleefully absurd story of Aunt Dot, Father Chantry-Pigg, Aunt Dots deranged camel, and our narrator, Laurie, who are traveling from Istanbul to legendary Trebizond on a convoluted mission. Along the way they will encounter spies, a Greek sorcerer, a precocious ape, and Billy Graham with a busload of evangelists. Part travelogue, part comedy, it is also a meditation on love, faith, doubt, and the difficulties, moral and intellectual, of being a Christian in the modern world.

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Dame Rose Macaulay, one of the most popular writers and personalities in England from the 1920s until her death in 1958, was a friend to the likes of E. M. Forster and Virginia Woolf. She was the author of more than thirty-five books; Towers of Trebizond is her masterpiece.

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Sarah Swedberg, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by Sarah Swedberg)
"I dare say," said aunt Dot, "The BBC has a recording van there. Reporters for the BBC have such an extraordinary effect on the people they meet--wherever they go the natives sing. It seems so strange, they never do it when I am travelling. The BBC oughtn't to let them, it spoils the programme. Just when you are hoping for a description of some nice place, everybody suddenly bursts out singing. Even Displaced Persons do it. And singing sounds much the same everywhere, so I switch off."

If you like long sentences, this is the book for you.

Published in 1956, this is both incredibly funny, but also a thoughtful musing on religion and relationships. If I didn't already have four or five books sitting on my nightstand, I would chase down other books by Dame Rose Macaulay.
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Macaulay, Rose, Dame
Farrar Straus Giroux
Macaulay, Rose
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