Shadow of the Silk Road
Score: 3.5
From 12 Ratings

Shadow of the Silk Road


  • Author : Colin Thubron
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2012-02-29
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781446499788


Shadow of the Silk Road Book Description :

A journey along the greatest land route on earth, from the master of travel writing Colin Thubron On buses, donkey carts, trains, jeeps and camels, Colin Thubron traces the drifts of the first great trade route out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey. Covering over 7000 miles in eight months Thubron recounts extraordinary adventures - a near-miss with a drunk-driver, incarceration in a Chinese cell during the SARS epidemic, undergoing root canal treatment without anaesthetic in Iran - in inimitable prose. Shadow of the Silk Road is about Asia today; a magnificent account of an ancient world in modern ferment. 'It is hard to think of a better travel book writt...

Shadow of the Silk Road
Score: 3.5
From 12 Ratings

Shadow of the Silk Road


  • Author : Colin Thubron
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061809620


Shadow of the Silk Road Book Description :

Shadow of the Silk Road records a journey along the greatest land route on earth. Out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran and into Kurdish Turkey, Colin Thubron covers some seven thousand miles in eight months. Making his way by local bus, truck, car, donkey cart and camel, he travels from the tomb of the Yellow Emperor, the mythic progenitor of the Chinese people, to the ancient port of Antioch—in perhaps the most difficult and ambitious journey he has undertaken in forty years of travel. The Silk Road is a huge network of arteries splitting and converging across the breadth of Asia. To travel it is to trace the passage not only of trade and armies but also of ideas, religion...

Shadow of the Silk Road
Score: 3.5
From 12 Ratings

Shadow of the Silk Road


  • Author : Colin Thubron
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Silk Road
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780099437222


Shadow of the Silk Road Book Description :

There was never one Silk Road -- but several. The route chosen by Colin Thubron passes through China, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey, taking in the most sterile desert on earth (the Taklamakan) and the strife-torn mountain valleys of today's conflicts, as he travels from the tomb of the Yellow Emperor (the mythic progenitor of the Chinese people) to the ancient port of Antioch, by local bus, truck, car -- occasionally Landrover, horse or camel. He covers 7,000 miles in 8 months, and confesses that it is the most difficult, complex and ambitious journey he has undertaken in 40 years of travel. The Silk Road is a huge network of arteries and veins, splitting and converging across the breadth of Asia. Chinese silk has turned up in ...

Shadow of the Silk Road

Shadow of the Silk Road


  • Author : Colin Thubron
  • Publisher : Vintage Classic
  • Release Date : 2019-06-06
  • Genre: Silk Road
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1784875341


Shadow of the Silk Road Book Description :

VINTAGE VOYAGES: A world of journeys, from the tallest mountains to the depths of the mind On buses, donkey carts, trains, jeeps and camels, Colin Thubron traces the drifts of the first great trade route out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey. A magnificent account of an ancient world in modern ferment, Thubron covers over 7000 miles in eight months enduring a near-miss with a drunk-driver, incarceration in a Chinese cell, and undergoing root canal treatment without anaesthetic, along the way....

Journeys on the Silk Road
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Journeys on the Silk Road


  • Author : Joyce Morgan
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2012-08-22
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780762787333


Journeys on the Silk Road Book Description :

When a Chinese monk broke into a hidden cave in 1900, he uncovered one of the world’s great literary secrets: a time capsule from the ancient Silk Road. Inside, scrolls were piled from floor to ceiling, undisturbed for a thousand years. The gem within was the Diamond Sutra of AD 868. This key Buddhist teaching, made 500 years before Gutenberg inked his press, is the world’s oldest printed book. The Silk Road once linked China with the Mediterranean. It conveyed merchants, pilgrims and ideas. But its cultures and oases were swallowed by shifting sands. Central to the Silk Road’s rediscovery was a man named Aurel Stein, a Hungarian-born scholar and archaeologist employed by the British service. Undaunted by the vast Gobi Desert, Stein crossed tho...

The Silk Roads
Score: 3.5
From 15 Ratings

The Silk Roads


  • Author : Peter Frankopan
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2016-02-16
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101946336


The Silk Roads Book Description :

“This is history on a grand scale, with a sweep and ambition that is rare… A proper historical epic of dazzling range and achievement.” —William Dalrymple, The Guardian The epic history of the crossroads of the world—the meeting place of East and West and the birthplace of civilization It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures and religions. From the rise and fall of empires to the spread of Buddhism and the advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to the great wars of the twentieth century—this book shows how the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East. Peter Frankopan realigns our understanding of the world, poi...

A Carpet Ride to Khiva
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

A Carpet Ride to Khiva


  • Author : Christopher Alexander
  • Publisher : Icon Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2010-07-01
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781848312715


A Carpet Ride to Khiva Book Description :

The Silk Road conjures images of the exotic and the unknown. Most travellers simply pass along it. Brit Chris Alexander chose to live there. Ostensibly writing a guidebook, Alexander found life at the heart of the glittering madrassahs, mosques and minarets of the walled city of Khiva - a remote desert oasis in Uzbekistan - immensely alluring, and stayed. Immersing himself in the language and rich cultural traditions Alexander discovers a world torn between Marx and Mohammed - a place where veils and vodka, pork and polygamy freely mingle - against a backdrop of forgotten carpet designs, crumbling but magnificent Islamic architecture and scenes drawn straight from "The Arabian Nights". Accompanied by a large green parrot, a ginger cat and his adoptiv...

Behind The Wall
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Behind The Wall


  • Author : Colin Thubron
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2012-02-29
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781446499641


Behind The Wall Book Description :

Having learned Mandarin, and travelling alone by foot, bicycle and train, Colin Thubron set off on a 10,000 mile journey from Beijing to the borders of Burma. He travelled through the wind-swept wastes of the Gobi desert and finished at the far end of the Great Wall. What Thubron reveals is an astonishing diversity, a land whose still unmeasured resources strain to meet an awesome demand, and an ancient people still reeling from the devastation of the Cultural Revolution....

The Lost Heart Of Asia
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

The Lost Heart Of Asia


  • Author : Colin Thubron
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2012-02-29
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781446499665


The Lost Heart Of Asia Book Description :

Thubron travelled throughout Central Asia in the wake of the break-up of the Soviet Union and documented the widespread social upheaval in a region reeling from political change. Thubron is an inspirational writer, intrepid traveller and insightful observer and his The Lost Heart of Asia is an outstanding guide to the history, people and culture of a vast region resonating with history and politics....

Chasing The Monk s Shadow

Chasing The Monk s Shadow


  • Author : Mishi Saran
  • Publisher : Penguin Books India
  • Release Date : 2012-07-01
  • Genre:
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0143064398


Chasing The Monk s Shadow Book Description :

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