Colin Thubron ci accompagna in un memorabile viaggio lungo la Via della Seta: da Xian, nel cuore della Cina dove oggi riposa l’Imperatore Giallo, sino ad Antiochia, gioiello ottomano sulla costa del Mediterraneo. Dei due itinerari possibili, quello settentrionale e quello meridionale, Thubron sceglie il secondo, quello più ostico e avventuroso, che costeggia il deserto del Taklamakan e si ricongiunge con l’altra rotta carovaniera nell’antica città di Kashgar. Su cammelli, carri trainati da asini, autobus sgangherati, treni affollati e jeep arrugginite, Thubron percorre oltre undicimila chilometri in otto mesi, attraverso il Kirgizistan, il Kazakistan, il Tagikistan, l’Iran e la Turchia. Pagina dopo pagina, il racconto si anima, la narrazione diventa visione, percezione, realtà: si avverte il calore del deserto, la polvere delle strade non battute, la freschezza dell’aria di montagna, i profumi delle oasi verdeggianti, gli odori delle città affollate. Grazie a una scrittura vivace e fotografica, scandita dal racconto di innumerevoli episodi vissuti nel corso del viaggio, Colin Thubron ci regala uno splendido ritratto di un mondo lontano nel tempo e nello spazio, visto attraverso gli occhi di un viaggiatore di oggi.
- ISBN: 8850231229
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 400
4.5 stars "… to follow the Silk Road is to follow a ghost. It flows through the heart of Asia, but it has officially vanished, leaving behind it the pattern of its restlessness: counterfeit borders, unmapped peoples. The road forks and wanders wherever you are. It is not a single way, but many: a web Leggi tutto
It would be a waste of time to recreate the reviews already posted here, all glowing and full of accolades, many deserved, though I was less enchanted with the book overall than some readers. I thought it was a solid and interesting piece, recounting some of his earlier travels, but I was not blown
Shadow of the Silk Road is a phenomenal book. The author, British travel writer Colin Thubron, traveled from Xian, an ancient capital of China, to Antioch in Turkey along the silk road, blending broad historical knowledge with acute observations of contemporary life. Thubron speaks Mandarin and Russi Leggi tutto
Accidentally deleted my review, I'll have to rewrite it when I have time. Nov. 2020================================= This book begins in Xi’an, the original, ancient capital of China. Where is Thubron going, and why? I think of saying Turkey, the Mediterranean, but it sounds preposterous. I hear myself Leggi tutto
I totally loved this book, specially the travels through China! Perhaps I shouldn't say that - the travel through Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan were also fascinating. The peoples, the faiths, the customs - both over centuries passed and now today - all were discussed. Little thi Leggi tutto
Style detracted from content.
Shadow of the Silk Road records 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 b Leggi tutto
One of my favorite genres is the travel narrative--Paul Theroux, Tony Horwitz, Bill Bryson. And one of my favorite travel narrative locations is China--it’s vast, geographically, socially.. any way you look at it. I was looking forward to this book because it combined a couple of my favorite genres. Leggi tutto
Colin Thubron is not only "the pre-eminent travel writer of his generation" as The SUNDAY TELEGRAPH says about him...he is much, much more than that and his latest book is his legacy for this genre. Delving into the milleniums of history while going along what used to be the Silk Road, from Xian to A Leggi tutto
there are parts of this book that are amazing (Xian comes to mind and several of the strangers he meets on his journey) but sadly the author's writing style is very much one that I don't like - overly descriptive almost as if he was being paid by the word. If you like old British travelogues - where Leggi tutto
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