Notes on A Foreign Country

Notes on A Foreign Country

An American Abroad in A Post-American World

Book - 2017
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"A ... reflection on America's role in the world from the perspective of a young woman who has been living in Istanbul for the past six years"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374280048
0374280045
9780374712440
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 24 cm

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In the wake of the September 11th attacks, journalist Suzy Hansen moves to Istanbul with the idea that she would learn and write about the Muslim world. Instead she learned more about her own country, that nothing is as it seems. For example, the Anti-American sentiments she hears are the result ... Read More »

Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2017.


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singasong70
Dec 02, 2017

Agree with previous notation r/t naivete of author,who seems to think America's a single entity expected to make morally responsible decisions r/t the Judeo Christian ethics built on though doesn't allude to this, jeers at "freedom" as practiced by "Western World", whatever that means. Turkey comes off as a hodge/podge of ideas, beliefs, systems emblematic of the author herself (wonder if she'll ever come back to States or settle permanently in Turkey where it seems as if she's found her milieu). IN other words, bored half way through and did not finish the book.

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Indoorcamping
Nov 26, 2017

I feel like I'm reading Fuchsia Dunlop without the fun. And Turkey instead of China. And no cooking school. And no quirky self-effacing. And no insight. And no compelling reason to continue after about page 75. So that's where it ended for me.

Maybe if you're excited about all things Turkey, which I was, this would be fascinating. But I felt like I was reading a college student's journal, although that would be more readable, perhaps. Something was missing for me, and I usually enjoy books that begin with all the reasons the writer is so naive about the world and why the writer chose to get educated and knowledgeable.

Great idea, but kinda dry. Read Elif Batuman instead. Yes, she write fiction. But even as fiction, even not really about Turkey, it's more satisfying than this. And I hate fiction.

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judini
Nov 12, 2017

The author appears to be permanently naive. First she is dismayed that she has so readily bought into the American image of our nation helping the world achieve democracy. Once she begins traveling, she swallows uncritically anything she is told by her new friends in Turkey Greece and the middle east. I am not sure she is capable of critical thinking.

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lblundell
Oct 26, 2017

A must read for anyone interested in today's world problems. A very thoughtful and thought provoking book.

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