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The Places In Between by Rory Stewart

The Places In Between (original 2006; edition 2005)

by Rory Stewart

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Title:The Places In Between
Authors:Rory Stewart
Info:Picador (2005), Edition: 2, Paperback, 324 pages
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Tags:borrowed, reading group, non-fiction, travel, walking, Afghanistan, 2000s, dog

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The Places In Between by Rory Stewart (2006)

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    The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron (rakerman)
    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.… (more)
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    A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby (Othemts)
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    Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy (Othemts)
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    The Roads to Sata by Alan Booth (Othemts)
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    Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson (cransell)
    cransell: Mortenson's story heads in a different direction than Stewart's, but the are both memoirs dealing with the same region and the affect their experiences had on them.

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Fascinating look at Afghanistan in the months after the fall of the Taliban. At times I wished he was a Nat Geo reporter for more context on where he was, at other times I wished for a news reporter to find out what happened to the people he meets in the years ahead. But he does offer a look into the lives of real Afghans and what you can learn about yourself by going way out of your comfort zone. ( )
  bhutton | Dec 9, 2014 |
It took some time to read and that made it feel like I was on his long journey with him. I learned much more about Afghanistan than I ever learned from the news and it was all very fascinating. Well worth the time it took.
  amyem58 | Jul 16, 2014 |
Rory Stewart describes his crossing on foot through ice and snow the Afghanistan Mountains from Herat to Kabul in January 2002. In his walk he followed the steps of the 16th century Mughal emperor Zahir-ud-din Muhammad Babur. R.S. speaks Dari (Fārsi), the most widely spoken Persian language in Afghanistan. The hospitality of the people – a sacred duty towards travellers - is remarkable. As guest in village houses he was offered by people, mostly extremely poor, to share their little food and a place to sleep. – But why does he impose himself on them knowing full well that they would not accept any money? His motives for undertaking this dangerous journey never become quite clear. – Thus he gained a unique inside into these diverse communities of different allegiances often having fought against each other. Although alone and a stranger and guns everywhere, he says he was never threatened to be kidnapped or killed. In his account he uses a sparse language which I like. The landscape, the people and their ancient history come alive. All this was new to me. Despite not being a great friend of travel-writing, this book kept me fascinated from the first page. (VII-14) ( )
  MeisterPfriem | Jul 15, 2014 |
Listened to audiobook narrated by Rory Stewart - he seemed bored - I was also bored, forced myself to see it through to the end. Interesting topic, interesting tidbits but overall a huge disappointment. ( )
  Dlouria | Jul 27, 2013 |
The author walked across Afghanistan! Yes, all the way on foot. The book covers his travels from Herat to Kabul over the mountains in the winter of 2001, after the US invasion. Rather foolhardy/dangerous, but I enjoyed hearing about his meetings with the Afghans of different ethnic groups. A Afghan mastiff became his companion, which added a heartfelt touch.

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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 Stewart 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, con-founding, surprising, and funny-Stewart makes tangible the forces of tradition, ideology, and allegiance that shape life in the map's countless places in between.

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Traces the author's 2002 journey by foot across Afghanistan, during which he survived the harsh elements through the kindness of tribal elders, teen soldiers, Taliban commanders, and foreign-aid workers whose stories he collected along his way.

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