Tales from the Expat Harem

Tales from the Expat Harem By Anastasia M. Ashman, As the Western world struggles to comprehend the paradoxes of modern Turkey, Tales from the Expat Harem reveals its most personal nuances This illuminating anthology provides a window into the country from the perspective of thirty two expatriates from seven different nationsartists, entrepreneurs, Peace Corps volunteers, archaeologists, missionaries, and otherswho estaAs the Western world struggles to comprehend the paradoxes of modern Turkey, Tales from the Expat Harem reveals its most personal nuances This illuminating anthology provides a window into the country from the perspective of thirty two expatriates from seven different nationsartists, entrepreneurs, Peace Corps volunteers, archaeologists, missionaries, and otherswho established lives in Turkey for work, love, or adventure Through narrative essays covering the last four decades, these diverse women unveil the mystique of the Orient, describe religious conflict, embrace cultural discovery, and maneuver familial traditions, customs, and responsibilities Poignant, humorous, and transcendent, the essays take readers to weddings and workplaces, down cobbled Byzantine streets, into boisterous bazaars along the Silk Road, and deep into the feminine stronghold of steamy Ottoman bathhouses The outcome is a stunning collection of voices from women suspended between two homes as they redefine their identities and reshape their worldviews.. Tales from the Expat Harem As the Western world struggles to comprehend the paradoxes of modern Turkey Tales from the Expat Harem reveals its most personal nuances This illuminating anthology provides a window into the country

  • Title: Tales from the Expat Harem
  • Author: Anastasia M. Ashman
  • ISBN: 9781282469037
  • Page: 214
  • Format: ebook
  • 1 thought on “Tales from the Expat Harem”

    1. This is the most thorough of all the Seal Press collections I ve read in terms of introduction to the various aspects of a nation s culture I never thought much about Turkey as a place to visit, although its history always fascinated me I remember that old song from when I was little, CON STAN tinople I think it was Danny Kaye singing that one, but I m too lazy to check the search engines and confirm it The thing that touched me most deeply in these essays was the hospitality of the Turkish peop [...]

    2. I thought this book would be good for me to read because I will be teaching English in Turkey for a year, and have been wondering what it would be like as a western woman traveling and living by herself in Turkey As a compilation of Western women s experiences traveling to and living in Turkey, the book is definitely helpful in understanding Turkish culture, family relations, and dating relationships marriage customs It was divided into several different themes, including experiences with the Tu [...]

    3. I m about a forth way through of the short entries from these expats and am enjoying the book than I expected Of particular interest to me is the contrasts made between the Western society s rules regarding a woman s body as compared to the norms in Turkish society For example, one expat notes that the women, in the presence of an immam, cover their faces but not their nursing breasts, while in the US, only recently, do laws allow women to breastfeed in public without the legal accusation of le [...]

    4. I savored this book of short stories told by foreign women who lived in Turkey after a visit to Istanbul myself this past spring The references to neighborhoods around Istanbul that I had visited, foods I had eaten, and monuments I had toured helped me better understand my own experiences while in Turkey as well as the situations the authors described I don t know if I would have found the stories as interesting had I not had the opportunity to see some of these things for myself first But, as a [...]

    5. 2.5 starsI read the first 12 stories, and that s about as much as I cared to read It s not that I disliked the stories, or what they had to say about the experiences of these women, it s that I didn t find anything compelling about them They were all generally interesting in a bland sort of way maybe a factoid here or a snippet of description there will surface in my memory some day, but there was nothing that I truly want to remember Time for this reader to move on.

    6. This was good Most of the stories were just okay, but I think I lost at least 10 years of my life due to the emotional pain caused by Gaze RTC

    7. I stumbled across Tales from the Expat Harem Foreign Women in Modern Turkey The title is rather off putting, but this collection of 29 essays is perhaps the most helpful book I ve read in my preparations for moving to the country.English speaking women from around the world, though mostly Americans, write about their experiences living, working, and sometime romancing throughout Turkey though most do live in Istanbul Only of few of the authors are professional writers Although the writing is not [...]

    8. I can t remember the last time I enjoyed an anthology of essays this much I began to pace myself in the second half so I wouldn t finish it so quickly I started this book during my first 6 day trip to Turkey reading it for weeks after we returned felt like an expansive and deepening continuation of my first experiences there I particularly enjoyed how much Turkish language the storytellers weave into their tales it reminds me that some concepts just don t translate and are best understood in the [...]

    9. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection of short essays I learned a lot from the essays of how life is like living in Turkey as an expatriate I learned about the Evil Eye, the relationships involved, and other aspects of Turkey that I didn t know about before I felt this book prepared me for when I will go to Turkey.One story that really touched me was Haze and how bittersweet it was I appreciate reading all the experiences these ladies felt while being in Turkey, where a lot of ancient ti [...]

    10. I happened to get this book from my parents somehow They traveled to Turkey, and maybe it was something someone gave them I am not sure Even though I don t specifically have or I should say have had an interest in Turkey as such, this book really helped me appreciate the culture, people, and customs for a time when I might some day perhaps be able to travel again This book was published before the serious unrest and influx of refugees from Syria, which I think needs to be taken into account Even [...]

    11. I am really enjoying the varied tales of the experience of foreign women living in modern Turkey My sister lived for many years in Turkey and in Italy and I think of her often during my reading In the same time period, I lived in Mexico as a wife and a mother, my husband a Mexican national While the Turkish experience is very unique in many ways, the experience of sharing a family and traditions does not seem to vary so much from one country to another I am coming away from this book with a lot [...]

    12. Some of the women who wrote these essays were really naive My middle aged self doesn t have much sympathy with, for example, the woman who went to eastern Turkey, to the doorstep of the Islamic Republic of Iran, expecting Western manners from Turkish men I mean, please But the anthropologist who leads off the collection seems like a cool person, whose essay really illuminated Turkey for me Having finished it, on balance, it s a good book, worth reading HOWEVER, it needed recipes I mean, what do [...]

    13. I m going to Istanbul this summer and this is a great introduction into the culture The short stories are from women living in Turkey, but not native Turks Great insight My favorite so far is the peace corp volunteer whose American friends prayed for her saftey as she departed for Turkey and her Turkish friends were so worried about her returning to the violence of America after her two year stint in the saftey of Turkey.

    14. This was right up my alley accounts of western women going to live in Turkey for many reasons marriage ,work,studyme of the experiences really struck a chord with me In one piece the author struggles to buy medicine for an embarrassing female ailment in a pharmacy staffed by men and full of male neighbours Having been through a very similar scenario involving hemorrhoid cream, a french arabic dictionary and a bemused Algerian pharmacist, I could easily sympathise

    15. Trials and trepidations of life in a foreign culture is often under estimated The women who tell their stories in this book shed a light on what it s like to always be the foreigner, the stranger, even after years of being married to a local If you think you need to don a veil to enter this modern day harem you re mistaken Entering is recommended, the tales I ve read so far are all fresh and entertaining if not enlightening.

    16. I really enjoyed reading these short stories by women living in or visiting Turkey They presented their relationships to the people as well as history, myth, opinion and observation in an very personal and involving way I love the way all of them describe the innate dignity and courtesy of the Turkish people The sisterhood of the Turkish women is also very different from relatonships within our fast paced culture.

    17. Interesting to read about women from many cultures trying to make their way in this particular country I m sure some things have changed tremendously from the 70s to now, but the challenge of adapting to a culture not one s own remains much the same Good read in preparation for a trip there in a few months.

    18. Great travel living abroad essay collection whether or not you have an interest in Turkey Something is keeping me from giving it a 5 but I cannot put my finger on it Amazingly interesting, from women s perspectives, easy to read, great insights, hard to put down Great for a long flight and rainy days.

    19. I loved this collection of stories from this diverse group of expatriate women in Turkey having visited the country in 1995, all of the stories resonated with me I enjoyed how different all of the stories were and that it was non fiction there was not a single painting of the country, but rather a nuanced picture from having read the many women s stories Excellent JB

    20. Short stories by non Turkish women living in Turkey Full of wonderful stories of the open hearted Turikish families Stories of the hamam, bazaars, and cooking Sories of women from nuclear families of 4 who marry into extended families of 20 30 Tales of rural marriage and bride prices Stories of women dealing with Islam and Turkish men A very good collection.

    21. Life in Turkey as experienced by Western women It was such a fabulous read, and made me fall in love with Turkey even Such a rich, hospitable, and varied culture This book is one I re read once a year, and will definitely read before my trip to Istanbul.

    22. A must read before going to Turkey Interesting to see how women fit into society the things they are free and liberated to talk about and North Americans are not yeast infections and what it takes to feel part of another culture and way of being.

    23. Loved it Great perspective and depth Thanks to my friend Julie for recommending it and providing it to book club since you could not get it in the US Wonderful, wonderful stories Will definitely read again.

    24. Worthwhile collection of 29 short memoirs of female expats in Turkey Recommended for those interested in Turkey, expat life or crosscultural relationships Some stories better than others The last was the best in my opinion That one will stay with me for a long time.

    25. I tend to avoid the by women, for women category or any book that has any threat of using the word goddess than once , but my fascination with Turkey led me to this collection of real life stories that proved to be well worth the time

    26. This book inspired everyone on my book group to head to Istanbul Great accounts from women living and traveling through the country as foreigners.Re read this 12 10 while in Istanbul FANTASTIC as a way of getting some insight into the city and country.

    27. Pleasurable pre or post trip read for Turkey Essays extremely well and beautifully written while expressing genuine feelings, as well as deep reflections on feminism, orientalism and symbols in Turkish culture.

    28. That s it I m dropping everything and moving to Turkey NOW Oh, well I can t really but this book is inspiring It s not all fun and games, but Turkey seems like a great place, and I can t wait to visit.

    29. I liked this collection, however as I haven t lived in Turkey it was hard for me to really relate to the experiences.

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