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lexgm, February 13, 2009 (view all comments by lexgm)
Stewart's book is at once informative and laden with information. It provides us with a unique way of understanding the modern conflicts of Afghanistan: through both the history of the country and through observations of its current state. Stewart's perspective is unique as he enters Afghanistan as but an uninvolved bystander with the intention of simply walking. However, as he progresses through the country, his sentiment changes and we get a more personal view of its people.
This book is essential step in understanding our world today.
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Lucy Little, August 19, 2007 (view all comments by Lucy Little)
In the media, we're presented with a homogenous view of the people of Afganistan, yet Rory Stewart proves it isn't the case. He travels on foot through the country, even when warned about the danger of it by locals. At times he is greeted with hospitality, and other times he's not so welcome. I was fascinated by his experiences and the uniqueness of individuals he encountered. At times, I had difficulty keeping track of characters, but it really didn't take away from the book. His matter-of-fact insight was more informative than I expected.
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Stewart, Rory
Harvest Books
Description and travel
Social life and customs
Modern - 20th Century
Asia - General
Asia - Central
Essays & Travelogues
Middle East - General
Afghanistan Description and travel.
Afghanistan Social life and customs.
Travel Writing-General
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8 x 5.31 in 0.67 lb
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "We never really find out why Stewart decided to walk across Afghanistan only a few months after the Taliban were deposed, but what emerges from the last leg of his two-year journey across Asia is a lesson in good travel writing. By turns harrowing and meditative, Stewart's trek through Afghanistan in the footsteps of the 15th-century emperor Babur is edifying at every step, grounded by his knowledge of local history, politics and dialects. His prose is lean and unsentimental: whether pushing through chest-high snow in the mountains of Hazarajat or through villages still under de facto Taliban control, his descriptions offer a cool assessment of a landscape and a people eviscerated by war, forgotten by time and isolated by geography. The well-oiled apparatus of his writing mimics a dispassionate camera shutter in its precision. But if we are to accompany someone on such a highly personal quest, we want to know who that person is. Unfortunately, Stewart shares little emotional background; the writer's identity is discerned best by inference. Sometimes we get the sense he cares more for preserving history than for the people who live in it (and for whom historical knowledge would be luxury). But remembering Geraldo Rivera's gunslinging escapades, perhaps we could use less sap and more clarity about this troubled and fascinating country." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Stewart relates his encounters with ordinary villagers, security officials, students, displaced Taliban officials, foreign-aid workers, and rural strongmen, and his descriptions of the views and attitudes of those he lived with are presented in frank, unvarnished terms."
"Review" by , "Stewart has done a masterly job of relating stories of many of the villages and villagers that he encountered, receiving shelter and food and kindness from strangers. He successfully conveys the intricacies of Afghanistan's culture and tradition."
"Review" by , "Stewart...seems hewn from 19th-century DNA, yet he's also blessed with a 21st-century motherboard. He writes with a mystic's appreciation of the natural world, a novelist's sense of character and a comedian's sense of timing."
"Review" by , "Gripping account of a courageous journey, observed with a scholar's eye and a humanitarian's heart."
"Review" by , "[This] evocative book feels like a long lost relic of the great age of exploration."
"Review" by , "His encounters with Afghans are tragic, touching and terrifying."
"Review" by , "This is traveling at its hardest and travel-writing at its best."
"Synopsis" by ,
In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan-surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night he slept on villagers' floors, shared their meals, and listened to their stories of the recent and ancient past. Along the way Stewart met heroes and rogues, tribal elders and teenage soldiers, Taliban commanders and foreign-aid workers. He was also adopted by an unexpected companion-a retired fighting mastiff he named Babur in honor of Afghanistan's first Mughal emperor, in whose footsteps the pair was following.

Through these encounters-by turns touching, con-founding, surprising, and funny-Stewart makes tangible the forces of tradition, ideology, and allegiance that shape life in the map's countless places in between.

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