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Following Marco Polo's Silk Road: An Enthralling Story of Travels Through Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Iran, Pakistan, India, China and Uzbekistan
     

Following Marco Polo's Silk Road: An Enthralling Story of Travels Through Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Iran, Pakistan, India, China and Uzbekistan

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by Leon Lamar
 

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ISBN-13:
9781439217405
Publisher:
BookSurge, LLC
Publication date:
01/16/2009
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 2.51(d)

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Following Marco Polo's Silk Road: An Enthralling Story of Travels Through Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Iran, Pakistan, India, China and Uzbekistan 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book recounts the adventures of Brian Lawrenson and his wife, Jill, as they visit the cities along the legendary Silk Road. Although the travels were made over a number of years, the story flows from country to country giving a modern insight into the lives of those who live along its path. It is a unique book which combines the Lawrenson's love of travel and people together with historic snippets of events and those that influenced the growth of trade along the Silk Road. Lawrenson's keen sense of observation adds much to the story. The colours, sights, smells and sounds that he describes enhance the experience. Their love of food and the descriptions of the foods of Central Asia just left me drooling and wanting more. The book is worth reading for these descriptions alone. The journey was often risky. The Lawrenson's experienced war zones in Iran and Pakistan, bombs going off in Peshawar, landslides and visit towns where small arms and opium are the main trade. They observe the Taliban in Pakistan and a border guard in Tajikistan casually explains that Osama Ben Ladin "owns a house near here". They have had many unique experiences including climbing to find the world tallest natural arch, clearing a runway in Nepal of snow and riding a camel along the Karakorum Highway. Their travels across India by taxi and the peaceful days spent on the houseboats in Kashmir all add to the depth of their adventures. But I found the most intriguing is Lawrenson's description of their visit to the Kalash people in the remote valleys of western Pakistan. Their journey roughly follows that of Marco Polo with observations of some of the places visited by the Polos. The storyline is easy to follow. The book is not intended as a guidebook but it does provide many useful insights into the people and places that they visit. There are maps in all the right places. After reading it you'll feel that you have indeed travelled the Silk Road. This book will be loved by armchair travellers and those seeking to follow in their footsteps. Both will enjoy the experience.