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Six Months Into Their Turkish Affair, Jack And Liam, A Gay Couple From London, Took Lodgings In The Oldest Ward Of Bodrum Town If They Wanted To Shy Away From The Curtain Twitchers, They Couldn T Have Chosen A Worse Position Their Terrace Overlooked Turkey Street Like The Balcony Of Buckingham Palace And The Middle Aged Infidels Stuck Out Like A Couple Of Drunks At A Temperance Meeting Against All The Odds, The Boys From The Smoke Were Welcomed Into The Fold By A Feisty Mix Of Eccentric Locals And A Select Group Of Trailblazing Expats, Irresistible Ladies With Racy Pasts And Plucky Presents Hop Aboard Jack S Rainbow Gulet As He Navigates The Choppy Waters Of A Town On The March And A National Resurgence Not Seen Since Suleiman The Magnificent Was At The Gates Of Vienna Grab Your Deckchair For A Whirlwind Tour Of Love And Duty, Passion And Betrayal, Broken Hearts And Broken Bones, Dirty Politics And The Dawn Of A New Ottoman Era Jack does it again Funny, poignant, racy and insightful. Thank you to Jack and Liam for taking me on my Turkish adventure For my review, I offer some North American perspective.Us US Americans are notoriously badly traveled I ve been fortunate to travel some, but let s be honest the majority of us barely get to Canada or Mexico, let alone the Middle East To most here, Turkey sounds like a distant kingdom of magic and mystery Part thrilling, part terrifying My limited experience in the Middle East was wonderful, so I was excited to read Turkey Street and gain insight into life there as an expat and LGBT.In this the second book of their adventures, the newness and novelty of the gay couple s move has worn off The Emigreys old expats and VOMITs victims of men in Turkey are up to their old tricks, and our protagonists grapple with how to continue evolving while Ataturk s homeland faces some complicated challenges as a rising economic power on the edge of Europe with a proud Islamic tradition.There s lots of wit and unique turns of phrase I found myself highlighting in the Kindle reader HOWEVER warning this book is very very British Not like Simon Cowell and JK Rowling British, like Henry VIII and Katie Price British i.e unless you have some exposure to British culture and history you ll be making solid use of the handy glossary in the back Jack Scott kindly wrote for North American readers wondering what s blankety blank and who s Vicky Pollard In the end, Turkey Street is a great read, and I learned about both Turkish AND British culture Now please excuse me while I apply my slapper red lipstick and groove to the Best of Zeki Muren on my iTunes I enjoyed reading Perking the Pansies, the first book by Jack Scott about the adventures of him and Liam in Turkey, but Turkey Street is even better.At the beginning of the book, it says Jack likes to be educational as well as decorative, and that is indeed true as the book works on many levels It successfully weaves together information about Turkey in terms its culture, politics and history with a colourful description of the day to day life.It is full of the double entendre which Jack uses so well, making this a book you should never read on a train or a plane as your fellow passengers will wonder why you are giggling every few seconds and then roaring with laughter But Turkey Street is much than a comedy and a description of Turkish life As you read it you are smacked in the face with the harsh realities of life as an expat The desperation of those caught in a web they feel they cannot get out of even though their heart tells them to leave and return to their homelands The feeling of being pulled between the excitement and difference of an expat life and the family who needs you back home.Turkey Street is an excellent read for anyone gay or straight, who know Turkey and who have never been there, expat or not It delivers humour, sadness, and insights into a foreign life, but most of all it is a love story that cannot help but touch the heart Put Turkey Street on the top of your reading list, you won t regret it. TURKEY STREET, the sequel to Jack Scott s PERKING THE PANSIES, is a satisfying hail and farewell to the unlikely country two gays fall in love with, passionately court, and reluctantly leave behind.Like the first book, this one is a tasty Turkish delight, a mad dervish of colorful characters, and a love song to an adopted country The main difference I find in these pages is a tangible undercurrent of sadness and the inevitability of kismet s farewell kiss The bitter sweet texture is what gives this sequel its uniqueness, much as the first one is rare for its witty narrative and remarkable characters Happiness is often defined by its opposite In TURKEY STREET Scott gives us a symbolic olive tree dedicated to a fallen lover, an orphan lost in a brutal system, and broken family members who pull the heart strings back to England.Both Jack the narrator and Liam his husband have the kind of breezy wit that keeps the story moving with grace and style Author Scott has the rare ability to speak volumes with a few well chosen words and tongue in cheek innuendo Being a student of language, I appreciate the glossaries at the end street Turkish and even Brit speak with than a little Polari thrown into the mix.If there be a narrative flaw, it would be the occasional lapse of point of view, where we see a brief scene through the eyes and mind of a character other than Jack Picky, picky By and large, I feasted on this story a lavish banquet of language, a delicious taste of understated love.