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Richard Bernstein, a former New York Times correspondent in China (and now a book critic for that newspaper), follows Hsuan's trail in this outstanding narrative of his overland journey into the heart of Central Asia, a journey that takes him and the fortunate reader into places that few travelers are privileged to see--places, such as Kashgar and Samarkand, that have storied associations but that remain remote even in the age of CNN and fast jets. Though not without his fears and not without getting into a little trouble, Bernstein talks to just about everyone he meets along the way, pokes into little-known corners of history, and spins a wonderfully literate story of difficult travel that recalls such books as Robert Byron's Road to Oxiana and Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines. Anyone who has ever dreamed of seeing the Ganges River and the Taklimakan Desert will find much pleasure in Bernstein's pages. --Gregory McNamee
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I have to disagree with the negative reviews. I have lost count of how many times I have re-read this book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Roger Green
This is an exceptionally fine travel book. It is very well written and well researched. Bernstein manages to describe the lands that he traveled with descriptions of their history... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Richard, Sausalito California
Bernstein has accomplished what few other travel writers are able to achieve. Think Colin Thrubon, Peter Mathiessen, Tony Horowitz -- Bernstein's rich background not only in... Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by J. David Williams
This is a travelogue of Richard Berstein, a NY times reviewer, with poor understanding of both China and India. Read morePublished on June 16, 2010 by Srinivasan Nenmeli Krishna
Can we find ourselves on the road? Or, does travel increase longing for home, loneliness, isolation? Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by John L Murphy
Unbelievable that the author could have transformed an epic pilgrimage by a legendary Buddhist hero into a dreary travelogue which passes from train to cab to rickshaw against a... Read morePublished on February 21, 2007 by Marc H. Horowitz
Great writing about travel, history and Buddhism are but a few of my major interests, so I was looking forward to digging into Richard Bernstein's ULTIMATE JOURNEY. Read morePublished on November 24, 2006 by David Alston
While not qualified to judge the author's comments on Buddhism, the book, for me, was one of the best travel books I've ever read. Read morePublished on October 8, 2005 by zorba