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Shadow of the Silk Road (P.S.) Paperback – July 1, 2008
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The Silk Road gets its name from the most frequent and exotic of goods traded on it east-to-west, though the term comes from historians looking at the trade from the vantage of the nineteenth century. The history of the route is enticing and glamorous, perhaps more so for our viewing it from such a distant time.Read more ›
I could not speak much about personal memories. I wanted to but I have never known how I would describe a Tibetan waif in Katmandu or shepherds along the KKH (Karokarum Highway). And if I could, I could not have done so as eloquently as Colin Thubron. I had to read this book to see through his eyes what I may have missed, and he made me realize that I missed a lot. Or is it simply that he is such a masterful writer?
Seeing it all again through his eyes has been a deeply beautiful experience for me, full of nostalgia. I found myself gazing wistfully off the pages and back to yesterday's horizons with an undescribable longing.
He captured it all beautifully and probably just in time because it is changing at lightning speed.
Kudos, my fellow traveler, kudos for the joy and understanding your picture words bring to us all.
Not a bad book, and I don't have regrets buying it, but I did start to look forward to finishing it so I could move on to the next one.
Thubron is, in my opinion, the most elegant living travel writer in the English language. His previous books include several like (The Lost Heart of Asia), that overlap this same area recounting travels in this area over the last 30 years.
The Silk Road is the trading corridor that went from China to the Mediterranean. Silk was one of the main products traded and gave its name to this road system. Other accounts include Marco Polo (highly recommended before reading this book), the Muslim traveller Ibn BattutaThe Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveler of the Fourteenth Century, Robert Byron's travels The Road to Oxiana and several others whose accounts I found less penetrating.
Importantly, Thubron travels alone - a necessity for good travel writing because those who travel in groups inevitably turn to commentary on their pathetic companions rather than the country through which they are travelling. These accounts like "A Walk in the Woods" ...Read more ›
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Thubron is an inveterate traveler who writes vivid accounts of various cities (their pasts and when the author visits). It's well written and a worthy read.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Got bored with it really fast and started skipping pages. The author visits a lot of ruins and boringly describes his adventure. Lots of visits to cemeteries and burial places. Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Rolbiecki
To write well about one’s travels is difficult, as Colin Thubron observes in an afterword to “Shadow of the Silk Road. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Feldman
Interesting content but language too baroque. Less verbosity would be welcome.Published 9 months ago by J. Tim Edwards
A beautifully written, extremely well researched account of the author's travels along the ancient silk road from China to the Medterranean. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Belinda J. Walker
My favorite travel book ever. I love Thubron's style of writing and am trying to incorporate it into my own writing. He uses verbs instead of adjectives to describe things. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Melissa Vickery
Thubron travels the length of the Silk Road, at least one of its many alternative routes, and uncovers traces of what has the feel of lost history. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nemoman