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Very, very rarely do I ever not finish a book, but I just can't do it. I can't. I keep trying, but this book just makes me mad.

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I picked this book because it was recommended as a good book to read if one wants to learn about Albania. The author could have been on a horse trail anywhere in the world as far as I'm concerned, because he hardly ever talked about anything other than himself and his experiences with his chosen horses and comrades. He's travelling through a foreign country and never on Very, very rarely do I ever not finish a book, but I just can't do it. He's travelling through a foreign country and never once paints a picture of his surroundings.

I only got halfway through this book, but when I was about a quarter of the way I stopped and watched a 22 minute video about horseback riding through Albania that explained significant features that this author must assume the reader already understands. For example, he mentioned once how uncomfortable a typical Albanian saddle is, and I blew by this information as insignificant.

He never elaborated. The person in the video I watched, however, used her words to describe the uniqueness of the saddle. She did a good job giving a simple description that I didn't need to see it afterwards. I had a visual. I don't understand why the author couldn't do that in his book. And what kind of writer gets to the top of a mountain and just says the "view was magnificent?

And the entire chapter about blood feuds in Albania made no mention of this centuries-long, national struggle other than point out that it's the reason why all the roads only go east to west throughout the country. Bottom line, I was bored out of my mind and learned almost nothing.

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  • I even stopped reading all the other books I was reading just so I could plow through this one and get it over with. But I kept coming up with other things to do just to keep myself from reading this book. So if I don't abandon ship now then I will never read another book again. Aug 14, Deborah J. The book is a bit tedious. I give it 2 stars, because I know how difficult and arduous it would be to navigate through the hills and valleys of Albania on horse - although it was done by choice.

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    I had hoped to learn a bit more about Albanian culture and history in this book, but it as all about navigating landscapes, their horses, and the British role in early Albanian history, up to World War II. Not quite what I had been hoping for. Mar 15, Amber rated it it was ok.


    This book was disappointingly boring for me. I was interested in the journey but a good third of the book is direct quotes from history books which I found really dry and I ended up skipping these sections. Shelves: boring , disaster , fruitcake-characters , non-fiction , will-not-finish , travel-book-project.

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    Read for the Travel Book Project. Quit at 63 pages. Tenison is my least favorite kind of travel writer: condescending and arrogant. He thinks it's funny to laugh at the country behind its back, and almost every sentence started with 'I'. I read travel books because I want to read about the country, not the author. He's the sort of tourist who gives them a bad name.

    click Not even an Albanian setting could save this for me. Rob Bradley rated it really liked it Oct 08, Jean rated it it was ok Jul 08, Marion rated it really liked it Oct 18, Miguel Ferreira rated it it was amazing Dec 17, Clare rated it it was ok Jul 26, Anna Hollingsworth rated it liked it Nov 01, Merijn rated it really liked it Apr 30, Caroline rated it it was amazing Mar 10, Steve rated it it was ok Jan 22, Rashmi rated it really liked it Feb 04, Rita Lewis rated it really liked it Apr 03, Dorian rated it it was amazing May 07, Christine Blackthorn rated it it was amazing May 14, Edison Kamberaj rated it it was amazing May 13, Marcel rated it it was ok Nov 28, Helen Andrews rated it liked it Nov 27, Teresa M rated it liked it Jul 16, Sep 29, Kito rated it liked it.

    Availability In Stock. With Free Saver Delivery. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Share. Description Determined to discover the Albanian that lies behind so many stereotypes and preconceptions, Robin Hanbury-Tenison and his wife Louella crossed the country on horseback, from Theth in the north to the border with Greece in the south. In the footsteps of Byron, Edward Lear and Edith Durham they crossed some of the most wild and arrestingly beautiful landscapes in Europe. Through soaring mountain ranges and hidden valleys they lived simply; staying in the homes of communities completely untouched by the 21st century and in towns bursting with artistic creativity.

    Adorned with the history, legends and literature of Albania and with the tales of past travellers, it is a luminous portrait of this mysterious and eccentric country, which has for too long been forgotten by Europe. A Founder and President of Survival International, the world's leading organisation supporting tribal peoples, he was one of the first people to bring the plight of the rainforests to the world's attention. Free Returns We hope you are delighted with everything you buy from us. However, if you are not, we will refund or replace your order up to 30 days after purchase.