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The Places In Between av Rory Stewart
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The Places In Between (urspr publ 2006; utgåvan 2006)

av Rory Stewart (Författare)

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In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan--surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night he slept on villagers' floors, shared their meals, and listened to their stories of the recent and ancient past. Along the way he met heroes and rogues, tribal elders and teenage soldiers, Taliban commanders and foreign-aid workers. He was also adopted by an unexpected companion--a retired fighting mastiff he named Babur in honor of Afghanistan's first Mughal emperor, in whose footsteps the pair was following. Through these encounters--by turns touching, confounding, surprising, and funny--Stewart makes tangible the forces of tradition, ideology, and allegiance that shape life in the map's countless places in between.--From publisher description.… (mer)
Medlem:PLF1915
Titel:The Places In Between
Författare:Rory Stewart (Författare)
Info:Mariner Books (2006), Edition: 1st, 299 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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    rakerman: Both The Road to Oxiana and The Places In Between are very personal explorations of the people and the places encountered. Oxiana covers travels in Persia and Afghanistan in 1933, while The Places In Between is a walk across Afghanistan in 2002. Both writers are keen observers of a region little-known to most of the west.… (mer)
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A combination travelogue, oral history of Afghanistan, and account of the War on Terror. ( )
  bishnu83 | Apr 6, 2021 |
Verslag van een zeer bijzondere tocht. Eigenlijk goed gek: én net de val van de taliban en dus in een zeer gevaarlijke tijd én omdat hij in de winter door het hooggebergte trekt. Hij trekt door een zeer onherbergzaam, geïsoleerd gebied waardoor ik voor het eerst iets van verhaal krijg van dat ruige binnenland (hij trekt door regio's met vnl. Tadjieken, vnl. Aimak, vnl. Hazara en op het einde vnl. Pashtoen).
Belangrijk om weten: dit typeert niet het Afghanistan waar de meeste van de vluchtelingen uit komen. Zelfs de Afghanen met wie ik hierover sprak waren heel verwonderd over de leefomstandigheden daar, maar gaven wel aan nooit in deze ruige bergen geweest te zijn. ( )
  ArtieVeerle | Mar 30, 2021 |
I wondered about the appeal of walking across Afghanistan. Stewart says he did it as part of his quest to walk across Asia. Clearly he got something from these walks so why not?

He chose to walk across the mountainest part, during the coldest months, which would put most of us off such a challenge. I also thought about how many miles he trod each day, through difficult conditions, and was impressed by how little of the book is concerned with his own comfort. If I had done it and written it the pages would have been covered with my sweat and tears, and probably blood as well. But that would leave little for the encounters.

When I started the book I imagined a story of hot desert and cold mountain rocks, difficulties finding food and rest. The challenges similar to what we might face walking the Appalachian trail, for example. I didn't think that he would be walking from village to village and spending nights in strangers' homes. But that is what he did. Without fail Stewart found rest and food through the kindness of strangers. The quality of rest and food varied dramatically but there was always someone there to take him in.

Throughout the middle east, this is the culture: you provide for travelers. I can't even imagine it, honestly. I was a member of couchsurfing for a while, and opened my home to two - yes, two - travelers, a few days each. I could imagine how my world might have broadened if I had continued to do this, but I didn't. For me as a loner who is not a great housekeeper it was just too challenging. Imagine how different I would be if I had grown up in a culture like the ones Stewart experienced. In Stewart's words:

". . . Almost every group I met - Sunni Kurds, Shia Hazara, Punjabi Christians, Sikhs, Brahmins of Kedarnath, Garhwal Dalits, and Newari Buddhists - gave me hospitality without any thought of reward."

He did run into greedy, thoughtless people, violent people. As uncomfortable as they made him, they never tried to kill him.

It's an eye-opening story, a mind-opening story. So worth reading, and so easy to read. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
I found nothing in this book to commend it. The writing was disjointed and mediocre at best. The tale was filled with accounts of the author’s physical ailments, and really, a daily record of his bouts of diarrhea did nothing to make the book better. There was no sense of his connection with the people he met and I had to wonder why he even wanted to make this trip. By far the of his tale were the parts about the dog he acquired but failed to care for during his walk. If you want to read about a walk, skip this one and read A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. ( )
  Maydacat | Jul 15, 2019 |
Graham borrowed my copy and didn't return it. Graham is a friend from the pub. He's retired and he often forgets many things. I bet he forgot he borrowed The Places In Between. The arrogance of the Westerner is on full display in this romp just after the NATO/Northern Alliance victory over the Taliban in 2001. Rory has a dog and the pair walk around. Rory finds many of the locals lazy or selfish. These same locals routinely give him food and shelter, this in the aftermath of an invasion. It is dumb luck that Rory wasn't stoned to death for being an insensitive ass. Rory's dog died, though to be clear he wasn't stoned by locals either. He later went to walk in Iraq. Poor Rory.

Graham, you may as well keep my copy. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
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The country is quite covered by darkness, so that people outside it cannot see anything in it; and no one dares go in for fear of the darkness.  Nevertheless men who live in the country round about say that they can sometimes hear the voices of men, and horses neighing, and cocks crowing, and thereby that some kind of folks live there, but they do not know what kind of folk they are.  - The Travels of Sir John Mandeville, c.1360, Chapter 28
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This book is dedicated to the people of Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal, who showed me the way, fed me, protected me, housed me and made this walk possible.  They were not all saints, though some of them were.  A number were greedy, idle, stupid, hypocritical, insensitive, mendacious, ignorant and cruel.  Some of them had robbed or killed others; many of them threatened me and begged from me.  But never in twenty-one months of travel did they attempt to kidnap or kill me.  I was alone and a stranger, walking in very remote areas; I represented a cluture that many of them hated and I was carrying enough money to save or at least transform their lives.  In more than five hundred village houses, I was indulged, fed, nursed, and protected by people poorer, hungrier, sicker and more vulnerable than myself.  Almost every group I met: Sunni Kurds, Shia Hazara, Punjabi Christians, Sikhs, Brahmins of Kedarnath, Garwhal Dalits and Newari Buddhists, gave me hospitality without any though of reward.  I owe this journey and my life to them.
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In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan--surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night he slept on villagers' floors, shared their meals, and listened to their stories of the recent and ancient past. Along the way he met heroes and rogues, tribal elders and teenage soldiers, Taliban commanders and foreign-aid workers. He was also adopted by an unexpected companion--a retired fighting mastiff he named Babur in honor of Afghanistan's first Mughal emperor, in whose footsteps the pair was following. Through these encounters--by turns touching, confounding, surprising, and funny--Stewart makes tangible the forces of tradition, ideology, and allegiance that shape life in the map's countless places in between.--From publisher description.

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