«Questo libro è dedicato ai popoli di Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India e Nepal, che mi hanno indicato la strada, sfamato, protetto e ospitato, rendendo possibile questo viaggio a piedi. Non erano tutti santi, ma qualcuno sì. Alcuni si sono rivelati avidi, stupidi, ipocriti, insensibili, bugiardi, ignoranti e crudeli. Altri avevano derubato o ammazzato altra gente; molti mi hanno minacciato e chiesto soldi. Ma in ventun mesi di viaggio nessuno ha mai tentato di sequestrarmi o di uccidermi. Solo e straniero, ho attraversato a piedi regioni assai remote. Rappresentavo una cultura che molti di loro odiavano e avevo con me denaro sufficiente per cambiare loro la vita, o almeno per salvargliela. In oltre cinquecento case di altrettanti villaggi sono stato accolto, sfamato, curato e protetto da gente più povera, più affamata, più malata e più vulnerabile di me. Quasi tutti i gruppi che ho incontrato ' curdi sunniti, hazari sciiti, punjabi cristiani, sikh, brahmani di Kedarnath, dalit del Garhwal e newari buddisti ' mi hanno dato ospitalità senza aspettarsi nulla in cambio.
- ISBN: 8850213506
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 360
- Data di uscita: 26-04-2007
In theory, it is easy to hate an Eton educated upper class Scotsman who decides it’d be a lark to walk across Afghanistan six months after the fall of the Taliban. The idea reminds me of the stupidity and adventurism I encountered when I went to Palestine with ISM. People vacationing in other people Leggi tutto
It is what it is: a guy walks across Afghanistan. What do you think happens? A) he encounters very poor and poorly educated tribal/feudal lords B) he encounters hostile, backward, cruel teens and militia and former soldiers C) he walks 25 miles a day with not much to describe: rural Afghanistan is ru Leggi tutto
I am in total awe of this author -- whew! -- to say the least. This is his account of his walk across the length of Afghanistan in 2002, right after 9/11. Need I say more? He's not a perfect writer, not a perfect audio narrator; facts which make his tale all the more compelling.
It was a good time to revisit this book, given what direction current events have taken. A careful reading of Stewart would lead one to expect something of what we are now seeing. Even if you aren't into the daily news feed, I think that you might enjoy his detailed observance of geography and cultu Leggi tutto
Rory Stewart walks across most of Afghanistan. I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, Stewart’s total disrespect for the customs of the people he meets along the way interfered with any enjoyment I might find in the story of his journey. He feels a sense of entitlement towards their hospitali Leggi tutto
Stewart is an upper class Brit who sustains the English tradition of adventurism. He has worked in Iraq (and done other things I cannot recall here) and in this book he tells of his walk across Afghanistan. It was an interesting tale, one in which he offers a picture of what life is like for many of Leggi tutto
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 Talib Leggi tutto
Just weeks after the fall of the Taliban in January of 2002 Scotsman Rory Stewart began a walk across central Afghanistan in the footsteps of Moghul conqueror Emperor Babur and along parts of the legendary Silk Road, from Herat to Kabul. He'd find himself in the course of twenty-one months encounter Leggi tutto
Excellent especially to read while I was working in Afghanistan. Good guy in real life too.
I found out about this charater from a magazine article at the time of the book's release. A scotsman who, for a variety of personal reasons not really revealed (a nice change of privacy in this world). begins walking across Afgahnistan. He intersperses historical entries of a previous walker & conqu Leggi tutto
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