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  • Published: 8 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446483664
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208
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The Hills Of Adonis




Adventurous, observant, modest, poetical, Mr Thubron is a traveller after one’s own heart' Sunday Times

Ostensibly this is a book about Lebanon, finely written and deeply felt - not the Lebanon which a Beirut businessman would recognize, but a coastline of small historic ports and a littoral of beautiful mountains. In this country the ruins of Phoenician, Greek and Roman are among the most impressive in the world. Crusader castles and Arab palaces stand together in the hills, and the people are a unique medley of races and religions.

For five hundred miles the author walked through the mountains, following tracks and rivers. His journey was was not only a survey of a remarkable country, but a quest for the divinities of the region - Astarte and Adonis, who held the secrets of death and rebirth in the ancient cults of Lebanon. He visited almost every place of cultural importance, and lived with the people along his way, recording strange remnants left over from the religion of Baalim and high places.

So The Hills of Adonis is both a travel book and a personal journal; for the quest, in its last analysis is the search for meaning, a reflection on faith and reason and a poem on the joy and complexity of living.

  • Pub date: 8 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446483664
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208
Categories:

About the Author

Colin Thubron

Colin Thubron is an acknowledged master of travel writing, and the winner of many prizes and awards. His first writing was about the Middle East - Damascus, Lebanon and Cyprus. In 1982 he travelled into the Soviet Union in an ancient Morris Marina, pursued by the KGB, a journey he recorded in Among the Russians. From these early experiences developed his classic travel books: Behind the Wall (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Award), The Lost Heart of Asia, In Siberia (Prix Bouvier) and Shadow of the Silk Road. His most recent book is To a Mountain in Tibet (all available in Vintage). Colin Thubron was President of the Royal Society of Literature from 2010 to 2017.

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Praise for The Hills Of Adonis

“He has the mind of a scholar, uses language like a poet and has written a lovely mosaic of a book”

Daily Telegraph

“An unforgettable experience”

Irish Times


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