Shadow of the Silk Road

Shadow of the Silk Road

eBook - 2007
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A journey along the greatest land route on earth: out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran and into Kurdish Turkey, Colin Thubron covers some seven thousand miles in eight months. Making his way by local bus, truck, car, donkey cart and camel, he travels from the tomb of the Yellow Emperor to the ancient port of Antioch. The Silk Road is a huge network of arteries splitting and converging across the breadth of Asia. To travel it is to trace the passage not only of trade and armies but also of ideas, religions and inventions. But alongside this rich and astonishing past, this book is also about Asia today: a continent of upheaval. One of the trademarks of Thubron's travel writing is the beauty of his prose; another is his gift for talking to people and getting them to talk to him.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins e-books, 2007.
ISBN: 9780061461217
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 downloadable ebook.


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PimaLib_MaryG Aug 16, 2016

A modern journey tracing the Silk Road west from China to Turkey. Fascinating and insightful.

Dec 04, 2012

The Shadow of the Silk Road --- by Colin Thubron --- The Silk Road linked China with Turkey and the West. It has existed since time immemorial. It was not one road. Rather It’s was a series of routes much like a skein of yarn. Along it moved gold and silver and wool from Europe and silk and lacquer ware and knowledge from the Orient. Along its paths flowed traders, bandits and holy men. But today it is a mere remnant it its former dimensions. Long ago ships plying the oceans stole much of the Road’s trade. And what is left is a tale of drought and decay; grit and sand; enmity and oppression. Thubron engages himself in a voyage along this road, not in luxury but in the way that the people of the Road themselves would travel. His is the story of the voyage along that Road. This is volume not oft encountered. Read on in history and fleeting encounters with the inhabitants of the Silk Road.


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