The Land Be­yond

Timeless Travels Magazine - - BOOK REVIEW -

Leon McCar­ron IB Taurus Pub­lished: 28 Septem­ber 2017 Price: £17.99

There are many rea­sons why it might seem un­wise to walk, mostly alone, through the Mid­dle East to­day. But that, in part, is ex­actly why Leon McCar­ron did it. The Land Be­yond: A Thou­sand Miles on Foot through the Heart

of the Mid­dle East is McCar­ron’s jour­ney fol­low­ing a se­ries of wild hik­ing trails, an­cient trad­ing routes and travers­ing some of the most con­tested land­scapes in the world.

It charts his jour­ney through the Holy Land: from Jerusalem to Jor­dan and the deserts of the Si­nai. With wit and affection, McCar­ron paints a stunning pic­ture of the re­gion’s rich his­tory, un­cer­tain present, myr­iad faiths and its of­ten be­lea­guered peo­ple.

His ac­counts of the con­ver­sa­tions and en­coun­ters with lo­cal guides and the or­di­nary peo­ple he meets along the way are en­ter­tain­ing and af­fect­ing, show­cas­ing the unique hos­pi­tal­ity in­trin­sic to the re­gion’s cul­ture. A trib­ute to the hum­bling and im­mer­sive art of walk­ing, this quest re­veals the ev­ery­day re­al­ity of the Mid­dle East and its peo­ple, who have been mis­un­der­stood for far too long. En­light­en­ing, en­gag­ing and a must-read for any­one in­ter­ested in this area of the world.

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