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An elegy to a remarkable part of the world.SUNDAY TIMES
With a skill and art quite extraordinary for a first book ... the reader is drawn into the world she describes through the warmth of her friendships and the sympathy and generosity with which she treats all aspects of her subject. I put the book down finally with a sense of absolute satisfaction, having spent the last few hours beneath the spell of a writer of real integrity and powerChris Stewart
Waugh has captured the starkly beautiful landscapes in restrained descriptive passages, but the most fascinating aspect of her narrative is her portrayal of the villagers and the nomads she meets higher up the mountains... HEARING BIRDS FLY is an extraordiOBSERVER
Her great strength is telling the villager s' stories, which she does with an engaging blend of charm, directness, humour and awe at the power of nature... It is a mark of Waugh's success that the romantic terra incognita she describes, helped by unsentimeTLS
Tsengel is a remote village in the far west of Mongolia, 1000 miles over poor roads from the capital city of Ulan Bator. British journalist Waugh decided to spend a year there teaching English while living in a ger (yurt), eating monotonous basic food, and enduring dust storms, bitter cold, filthy and unhealthy conditions, and loneliness. She befriended Mongols, Tuvans, and Kazakhs and writes sympathetically of their simple, seminomadic lives. A good study of life in contemporary rural Mongolia, the book is also an account of the author's determination to test herself in this most hostile environment. Unfortunately, the text bogs down in Waugh's own considerable but self-induced discomforts. Still, with growing political and tourist interest in this little understood but vast region of central Asia, this book has a niche. For larger public libraries. Harold M. Otness, formerly with Southern Oregon Univ. Lib., Ashland Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.