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Here is a fresh perspective on the last tumultuous years of the Soviet Union and an exquisitely poetic travelogue.With a keen grasp of Russia's history, a deep appreciation for its architecture and iconography, and an inexhaustible enthusiasm for its people and its culture, Colin Thubron is the perfect guide to a country most of us will never get to know firsthand. Here, we can walk down western Russia's country roads, rest in its villages, and explore some of the most engaging cities in the world. Beautifully written and infinitely insightful, Among the Russians is vivid, compelling travel writing that will also appeal to readers of history and current events—and to anyone captivated by the shape and texture of one of the world's most enigmatic culture.
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About the Author
Colin Thubron is an acknowledged master of travel writing. His first books were about the Middle East—Damascus, Lebanon, and Cyprus. In 1982 he traveled in the Soviet Union, pursued by the KGB. From these early experiences developed his great travel books on the landmass that makes up Russia and Asia: Among the Russians; Behind the Wall: A Journey through China; The Lost Heart of Asia; In Siberia; and most recently, Shadow of the Silk Road.
Colin Thubron is an award-winning novelist as well as, arguably, the most admired travel writer of our time. He lives in London.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I couldn't put this book down. I found it to be very interesting and I enjoyed the author's interactions with the people. Yes, there are a lot of political conversations but that is what Russia is based on. I highly recommend this book!
I found this to be a very-well written and informative narrative on recent travel within Russia. I thought I would make a recommendation - Tent Life in Siberia: An Incredible Account of Siberian Adventure, Travel, and Survival - to those that enjoyed this book.
My favorite part of this book was the author's travel descriptions, scenery, descriptions of cities, and so forth. My least favorite things were the author's interactions with Russian people. The conversations seemed constantly tainted by political overtones, or by the author's political interpretations. Author's opinions were everywhere. His opinions were often quite astute, but the reader exerineces some overload after a while.
Traveling some of the same roads and visiting the same places as few years after the author's account, I still found insight and candor that was refreshing. Occasionally a passage would almost blur with the intensity of his prose, but then refocus with a new clarity, and the overall effect was to make the reader believe he had been along all the time.