Ah, village life! The quiet streets, the soothing routine, the local characters, the simple comforts of a simple home…right in the midst of a bustling, brawling city of 12 million people?!
Mary Ann and Ben were up to the challenge, or, I should say, the challenges—many and varied—of finding, buying, repairing, restoring, owning and living in a comfy, characterful house on an island in the middle of a sea and a city.
The writing is fluent and accessible, the scenes nicely drawn, the local scene captured with insight, sympathy and humor.
I visited the Whittens on Heybeliada in the spring of 2007. I laughed out loud! When I entered their house it was all familiar, even though I had never laid eyes on it before. After reading An Island in Istanbul: At Home on Heybeliada, it was though I had lived in the house myself. What a treat!
A delightful, insightful read!
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