Ayşe's Trail - Reviews
Sarah Juckes Completely Novel
"Beautifully written. I remember finding it difficult to stop reading Ayşe’s Trail . . . and think this is definitely a title to watch!"
Hugh Pope, Today's Zaman Full review here.
"Few people, even historians, know much about Lycia, the rugged ancient peninsula on Turkey's Mediterranean coastline between Antalya province's Phaselis in the east to Mugla province's Fethiye in the west. With her unusual book "Ayşe's Trail" -- part mystical travelogue, part fictionalized history -- Atulya K. Bingham has breathed new life into one of Turkey's most beautiful surviving outposts of accessible mountain wilderness."
Melissa Maples, Antalya Insider
"If you've ever been to Turkey or ever want to go, this book is an absolute must-read. Spectacular from cover to cover. "
Brian Crocker Walks in Turkey.
"For those in the 21st century who understand the curvature of space and the folding of time Ayşe’s story will come as a welcome glimpse into histories that overlap. This is a story of the journey of one modern Turkish woman who does not draw on the lessons of history but reaches deeply into its spirit and thereby finds within herself the resources to create that journey. Ayşe’s story is informed by late 20th century literature. Here is a novel that unselfconsciously switches from one narrative to another, not as a means of disrupting the reader’s assumptions, but as a means of allowing the whole to emerge. The folding of time allows us a glimpse of the future and reminds us that we are bound to it as it takes possession of us and makes us its own."
Natalie Sayın, Turkish Travel Blog. Full review here.
"The latest book I've read, and strongly recommend, is Ayşe's Trail . . . Who will enjoy reading this? Everyone. It focuses on personal life stories, treks, nature, history and people."
Julia Powers, Turkey's for Life. Full review here.
"As I type this, I've literally just finished 'Ayşe's Trail,' and Barry is half way through it. Three days to read; that's all it took. For three days I've been lost in time amongst the craggy rocks, bays and mountains of southern Turkey's Lycian Way and, if you read this book, you will be, too."
Claire Raciborska author of Smoke of Spirits
"Ayse’s Trail explores questions of who we are and who we should be, and our relationships and responsibilities to others, including the very earth beneath our feet. A lovesong to Turkey and her journey, as well as that of Ayse Metin’s, the reader cannot help but be entranced as the rocks, forests and sparkling waters of the Lycian Way unfold before him."