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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: ARROW (RAND); New Ed edition (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099436736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099436737
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,577,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Flashback on April 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
Caution: this is my first book review for Amazon or anyone. I usually do something up for myself after a book (if for no other reason so I can later remember what it was I read), but I haven't gone public until now. What prompted me to do so was the absence of any reviews for this book on Amazon.

Pagan Song is much better than I expected from an unreviewed (in Amazon) paperback that begins "By the age of twenty-one I had never read a book." The author has keen powers of imagination, thinks about what he sees, has an engaging style, and is properly self-deprecating. The book encorporates the third hiking journal I have recently read about Nuristan (the other two being The Light Garden of the Angel King and A Short Walk Through the Hindu Kush). All three are intense. I particularly enjoyed the author's portrait of traveling companion John Hayward, who in 2003 was kind enough to share his insights with me from his office in Kabul. One part that did not work for me were the italicized flashbacks. They never seemed well-integrated, and at the start I often did not know where we were. One of them dealt with the death of the author's fiancée while they were together in Kashmir; indeed, her loss haunts the book, but he never gives us the cause of death. Also, the Shangri-la ending bothered me slightly because parts of it seemed contrived and he seemed to be freeloading without making much of a contribution.
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