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Fleming is one to underemphasize difficulties. He describes events and places in brilliant color and detail, also with great wit and humor. His story of the journey, a seven month odyssey through desert and ...
Fleming is one to underemphasize difficulties. He describes events and places in brilliant color and detail, also with great wit and humor. His story of the journey, a seven month odyssey through desert and upland, virtually uncharted, has become a classic of travel literature since its publication in 1936.
"No writer has given a keener picture of unchanging Tartary than has Fleming, and his description of Sinkiang reveals the last home of international intrigue, politics, violence and melodrama, where all foreigners are suspects and none welcome."
Posted November 18, 2002
Be sure to read this with Ella Maillart's Forbidden Journey. She and Fleming went on this journey together and both wrote books. The differences are quite interesting. This a book by a European travelling through Central Asia in 1935, and it's about what you might expect if you've read this genre. Fleming is high-spirited, amusing at times and out for an adventure. He's not particularly interested in the people he meets and he clearly regards them as beneath him except for their possible comic interest. He's not as bad in this respect as some that I've read, nor as pleasant as Maillart. Still, it's a little known time and place and while I don't think it will give the general reader much information about the area, it is useful to those who are interested in any information they can get and those who like to read about adventure travel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.