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Life With a View: A Turkish Quest [Paperback]

By Toni Sepeda (Author)
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In Life with a View A Turkish Quest American teachers Toni and Craig, traveling through Turkey in 1988, fall in love with the Black Sea coast and decide to build a house there. This is the story of their 10-year endeavor to overcome unforeseen obstacles, secure water and electricity, and learn to flourish in their newly-adopted Asian environment.

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Format: Illustrated
Studio: Citlembik Publications
Pages   312
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 25, 2007
Publisher   Citlembik Publications
ISBN  994442420X  
ISBN13  9789944424202  

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An adventure you will want to take  Mar 18, 2008
An intellectually thoughtful and visually stimulating armchair journey. This is a vicarious adventure for those of us who do not have the nerve to travel to "off the map" places, much less to attempt to live, or -some ancient gods forbid, try to build a house there. The book does however encourage me to take a few small steps away from my comfort zone, and that effect alone is worth the reading of it. I read it in a long weekend sitting because I became engrossed in the tale and could not wait to find out what perils were next met and conquered. I will now reread it to better savor the rich descriptions, clever asides, and to immerse myself in the "situations" (and experience the joys when they are resolved). I already feel like I know many of the characters. Certainly I feel close enough to Toni and Craig to think of them as friends; a bit eccentric perhaps but living a life I envy!
Celebrating life  Jan 17, 2008
If you liked "Italian Neighbors", "Dinner with Persephone", "Under the Tuscan Sun", or "Eat, Pray, Love" you will adore this book.
"Life with a view" disproves Yeat's claim that the artist must choose between perfection of the life or of the work. Toni Sepeda has perfected both--the rich experiences of her quest for the sublime in everyday life are described in exquisite detail in her work. Each perfectly chosen word illustrates the glory of a life filled to the brim with celebrations of every meal, every task, and every view.
Descriptions of the wealth of wildflowers, the dragon rock, and the glittering sea carry the reader away to a land of enchantment. We fall in love with the characters we meet along the way--Osman, Ali, Mehmet, and Adnan (not to mention Rumi, Odysseus, and Xenophon), We cheer each triumph and sigh with resignation when Allah's will prevents an easy victory.
The quotations that start each section and chapter are perfect gems, and the pen and ink illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. With each page the reader is reminded that the glory of life is in the journey, not the destination. We close the book at the end feeling richer for having joined the author on her quest.
Alive ...  Nov 20, 2007
There are times when a reader chooses a book to disconnect from boring realities and mundane day-to-day activities. Other times we choose a book because we find the overall topic interesting, or because a friend has recommended it. There are even times when we simply close our eyes and take whatever our daring fingers end up picking from a shelf. Our reasons for choosing vary, and often times we don't even have a concrete idea of why we purchased one book over another. "Life with a View" does not need a reason--it chooses us. It takes us away to the Black Sea, to the small virgin coves, and noisy Istanbul. Toni's book does not force us into the magic of Turkey; we fall for it, page after page. Describing this couple's quest, which is not theirs alone, we find ourselves in a world of chaos, yet order; we can see the streets, smell the sea, hear the prayer calls. We can taste the exotic yet simple meals. We are taken in and out, page by page, from the west and into Islam. We feel alive, and the mundane, page by page, goes away. Thank you Toni!

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