A revised and updated edition of Philip Marsden s classic travel book, published to coincide with the centenary of the Armenian massacres.After centuries of prominence as a world power, Armenia has withstood every attempt during the 20th century to destroy it With a name redolent both of dim antiquity and of a modern world and its tensions, the Armenians founded a civilization and underwent a diaspora that brought many of the great ideas of the East to Western Europe.The Crossing Place is Philip Marsden s gripping account of his remarkable journey through the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus in a quest to discover the secret of one of the world s most extraordinary peoples.Caught between opposing empires, between warring religions and ideologies at the crossing place of history the Armenians have somehow survived against the odds This is their story told by one of the finest travel writers at work today....
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The Crossing Place Reviews
Fascinated with the Armenians, their civilization, and their resilience in the face of numerous efforts throughout history to eradicate them, Philip Marsden toured Armenia and some of the places the various Armenian diasporas took them. His book, THE CROSSING PLACE, can be given a modest recommendation to anyone interested in travel writing and a somewhat heartier recommendation to those interested in the Armenians.
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"The Crossing Place" must have been a very demanding book to write. Philip Marsden went almost to the ends of the earth to track down and record every detail of the Armenian diaspora in Europe. He spent months (perhaps even years?) pouring over manuscripts, tracking down leads and learning to speak the language. The Armenian story is one that desperately needs telling and Marsden does his very best to capture the many facets of learning, religion, culture and of course tragedy that characterised this extraordinary nation over the centuries. I rate Marsden as a travel writer and a man of exceptional sympathy and understanding in his interactions with people, but I really struggled with this book. I so wanted to be immersed and carried away as I have been by his other books, but it just didn't happen. Perhaps it was a case of a writer knowing and caring too much to be able to share it effectively.