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Posted February 8, 2005
Excellent resource for those going to Kazakhstan
I was looking for an easy read on Kazakhstan, and finally found it in this book. The book gives a good background on what to expect for someone going to Kazakhstan, and I really liked the photographs.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2005
I Love This Book! The Lost Art of Journals
There was a time when our information about distant lands came from world travelers (remember Richard Halliburton?) who observed, participated in cultural miscegenation, and daily recorded their findings and feelings in journals which were later to become the informational resource for those folk who were able to visit the planet solely from the comfort of their home reading chair. Now the media blitz puts us anywhere on the globe, and even off the globe, funneling back photos and documentation that rarely give us story and even less rarely provide insight into the places and peoples captured and transmitted by satellite. Keith Rosten may be a lawyer and teacher by occupation, but by gift he is a humanist and a wise transmitter of information. In this very readable book (try putting it down!) Rosten provides a day by day journal of his experiences in Kazakhstan in a way that draws us not only into the history of this vast land of 'In the Steppes of Central Asia', but also into the people who have been part of this huge country, a country that preceded the USSR and was subsequently absorbed in that beomoth and now is regaining its own identity. There is much to learn about the fascinating social and political history of this land, but even more important to us as readers is the grace with which Rosten introduces us to the people: the customs, the language, the food, the living conditions, the customs and joys and tribulations of this fascinating band of survivors. Rosten includes snapshots that enhance his observations and in general provides us with a crisp, intelligent, witty, wry and ultimately warmly informative diary. Highly recommended for students of Russian culture, for those confused by the land mass diaspora post USSR, and for the gentle reader who is just curious about that other side of the world! Grady Harp, March 05Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.