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Explorations Read-Aloud: “The Beauties of the Bosphorus” by Miss Julia Pardoe

Friday, January 27 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm

Every Friday, at 11:00 am, on the library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page, the library will stream a brand new recording of local thespian, Joseph Coté reading aloud selections from a wide variety of fascinating and entertaining books of fiction and non-fiction. This is a program to help keep our community connected to books during the pandemic when we are unable to meet in person.

For January 27, Coté will read aloud from Julia Pardoe’s book The Beauties of the Bosphorus.

Summary: The British travel writer Julia S. H. Pardoe (1806-62), who, suffering from consumption, had been taken south early in her youth, accompanied her father to Constantinople in 1835 and was famous for her literary reports on Portugal and the Near East even as a child.

“Since Lady Mary Wortley Montagu probably no woman has acquired so intimate a knowledge of Turkey [. Her] works, written [.] in a pleasant and graceful style, attracted a large share of notice, and, as popular history, may still be read with pleasure” (DNB).

First published in 1838 with only 78 plates; later editions were published under the title “Picturesque Europe” (1854 and 1874). The pretty views are engraved after William Henry Bartlett (1809-54), whose series of oriental and American topography were then very popular.

“There is a fine moral in the representation of things that have passed away, if it be read aright. In after-years, when the Constantinople of to’day shall have become changed, (as  it surely will,), into a mere city of European palaces, and marts, and manufactories, will be a reposing place for the spirit to dwell upon the semblance of that which it once was, while Turkey was yet (ostensibly at least,) an independent Empire, with a distinct faith, and feeling, and principle of existence; ere the progress of events, political as well as moral, swept away, with the unsparing power of reform, the web which the spider of antiquity had woven about ‘the palaces of the Caliphs on the Bosphorus’.”   Miss Pardoe, 1838

Click the links to find the library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.

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Contact Joseph at friday-explorations@usa.net

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