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The Places In Between Paperback – May 8, 2006
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The author is a superb storyteller and once the book has started, the reader will not be able to put it down. His writing style is conversational, as if he just arrived home and is telling you of his recent adventures. Why Harvest Books did not put this book out in hardback is beyond me. The reader should be aware that his next travel book "The Prince of the Marshes," will be out in August, 2006 where Mr. Stewart decided to move on to a less dangerous country than Afghanistan -- he went to Iraq.
Thanks for the book. For it was indeed a journey of great spirit and determination. Mr. Stewart was well prepared for this trip with vitamins and various medications he knew would be necessary to successfully complete this challenge; ibuprofen, antibiotics, just name it and he had it; sharing with the villagers he met on his way when they saw what he had and begged him.
Well written, well told. I was truly impressed with how hospitable the people of Afghanistan were; those whom he encountered and offered him rest and meals and at times water to wash with, at their various humble abodes where he was invited to stay for the night. Even through they understood little English, Mr. Stewart was able to communicate to them by speaking Persian. I love reading about anything in the Eastern and Asian side of the world, so I was with him all the way. I felt like I was alongside him as he climbed those steep slopes and when he walked on the flat valleys. I drank tea with Mr. Stewart from glass cups, ate stale bread with him and soup, and enjoyed the rest at the end of the day, sleeping on a carpet or just on the floor.
The attention given to him was enormous as he persevered onwards. My main concern was just before he got to Kabul when he had to travel through the deep powdery snow which was known to cause frostbite, making it necessary to amputate limbs for some in the past. I held my breath as he and his dog companion Babur made it out of the snow covered mountains, and alas into another bright day. God bless you Rory Stewart.Read more ›
There is not a whit of romanticism in the author's vision, as he shares his experiences with people who have been grouped categorically by the news media with the hard-line Taliban. The most impressive aspect of the book is his ability to provide unique, almost idiosyncratic personalities to everyone he meets from the warlord Ismail Khan to his three Afghan traveling partners to a gregarious village headman to a war-beaten dog who becomes Stewart's constant companion. He names him Babur after the 16th-century Muslim emperor who traveled across Afghanistan to found the Mughal dynasty of India. Carrying the emperor's autobiography, the author draws compelling parallels with his own experiences and describes the Afghan people with becalming respect and admiration even if the ongoing threat of violence has hardened some of their sensibilities.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really found this book captivating. It ends somewhat abruptly, maybe even anti-climatically. But whereas other found it dispassionate and unemotional, I found it remarkably... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Yetter
interesting travelogue, but nothing special.. lots of names and brief history of the region .Published 1 month ago by frank b. moss
Maps too small so could not follow along, which is important on this type of book. Footnotes excellent. Crazy story. Readable Tricia SmithPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic read, he's a great writer, observer, and human. I was sad to separate, felt I had been trekking with the author and sad to part at the book's end. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Andrea A. Young
Finished my first Best Book of 2016 last night.
Rory Stewart was 28 when he walked solo across Afghanistan's mountain passes in winter, 2 months after the US/coalition... Read more
What an insight into the culture of Afghanistan. In a way I envy the author's experience but I know that it was a very hard trek to make, and the food was, well not what we... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steve
Delightfully informative about the remote, isolated Afghanistan nobody knows. Religious observance and political loyalty change from village to village as Rory Stewart walks from... Read morePublished 9 months ago by dds
I was a peace Corps volunteer in 1971 in Chagcharan so it was fun reading about Rory's trek through the same region and it brought back memories. It was very true to life.Published 10 months ago by William