Jordan: Top 25 Pictures
March 20, 2010 – Marin, California
I’m reading a book, Dreamers of the Day, recommended by my friend Jane. A work of fiction, the novel offers a glimpse of the supposed personalities of T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), Gertrude Bell, Winston Churchill, and others during the 1921 Cairo Conference. The conference presided over the break-up of the Ottoman Empire at the end of WWI and determined the boundaries of the modern day state of Jordan (and Iraq for that matter).
It’s a bit of a nostalgic read, written from the point of view of a 40-year old American woman traveler who sets off to explore Arabia on her own, with no true understanding of the history or significance of the region. (Ummmm…..yeah…..)
In any case, the book made me look up old maps offering different interpretations of the tribal boundaries and flip through my photos of Jordan, which seem like a distant memory now that I’ve been home for 6 whole weeks.
You might also want to read a couple of my posts from late January that you might’ve missed (I know, I know, not everyone reads every post):
Do you have any book recommendations for me? I am reading more these days and welcome suggestions!
This entry was posted on Friday, March 19th, 2010 and is filed under Arab Region.