East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Sinbad, for real

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the-sindbad-voyage-coverWe all have our passions, our quirky things that make us happy.
For me, among many other things, it’s used books, travel books, explorers and adventurers memoirs, books about the Orient, and the Arabian Nights.
So you can imagine how happy I am: this morning the postman delivered a package containing a very cheap, terribly battered but perfectly readable hardback copy of Tim Severin’s The Sinbad Voyage.
A single book that checks all the categories mentioned above, in a single package.

In a nutshell: in 1980, explorer, adventurer and writer Tim Severin built a replica of an Arab sailing ship from the golden age of Arab seafaring, and sailed from the Emirate of Oman to Hong Kong, reproducing what he thought could be the route described in the Arabian Nights as traveled by Sinbad the Sailor.

Despite the cover looking like the volume did travel the route of Sinbad (broken, folded, ripped in places and gnarled at the edges), the book itself is perfectly OK, filled with beautiful photos and sketches, and maps.

And looking at the photos I had this uncanny flashback, of myself hanging out in the high school library, on the first year, and reading about Severin’s adventure in National Geographic.

Now I know how I will spend my nights in the next few days.
And then I’ll do a proper post about the book.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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