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The Lost Heart of Asia

Ing region in a constant state of transition never so than since the collapse of the Soviet Union it encompasses terrain as diverse as the Kazakh steppes the Karakum desert and the Pamir mountains In The. I really couldn t get into this book but I tried to plough through since it was a book club selection Timing defeated me and I had to return the book to the library but I figured I can always pick it up again hopefully before the meeting otherwise after when everyone at book club tells me that the second half makes it all worthwhileSurprisingly I had read the most pages in the book Some got bogged down as early as page 35 My biggest complaints were that the author was uite smug throughout and really put down the people he was meeting and describing It was very disjointed and there were no transitions between big descriptioncolourful character portrayalmoving to the next location It felt like a large canvas of connect the dots before someone attempts to fill in the pageThe language was very flowery and overly full of itself with big words that no one knows the meaning of One of the book club members pointed out that every taxi driver had inscrutable eyes in a harsh face Not recommended x 6 of us

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Lost Heart of Asia acclaimed bestselling travel writer Colin Thubron carries readers on an extraordinary journey through this little understood rarely visited yet increasingly important corner of the worl. I read this book after visiting Uzbekistan and I found it really terrific Although Thubron had visited the region about a uarter century before us I thought it was great to see how little in essence the places have changed Thubron also captures the singular approach to Islam that the central Asians have with great faithfulness and it s heartening to see that time has not hardened their views The language in the book is outstanding some passages are strikingly beautiful and stay to haunt you days after Thrubon s vocabulary is enormous and I discovered a fair number of new words I hadn t knownOne change though is with the people Thubron visited the region in the throes of of calamitous change and there is an air of hopeful but cautious optimism that pervades the book Today the caution is largely gone in Uzbekistan at least and the region seems to have much greater confidence and optimism than earlier All in all a lovely read and almost perfect I d give it 4 and a halfHowever it s possible that my enthusiasm for the book is informed by the fact that I ve visited at least half the places in the book I found a few other reviews critisising the book as not being able to capture the place in writing in a way that s explainable I can certainly sympathise and I think that while the book is a terrific supplement to visiting the various monuments and places perhaps it s not a substitute The Utter Zoo Alphabet yet increasingly important corner of the worl. I read this book after visiting Uzbekistan and I found it really terrific Although Thubron had visited the region about a uarter century before us I thought it was great to see how little in essence the places have changed Thubron also captures the singular approach to Islam that the central Asians have with great faithfulness and it s heartening to see that time has not hardened their views The language in the book is outstanding some passages are strikingly beautiful and stay to haunt Approximation you days after Thrubon s vocabulary is enormous and I discovered a fair number of new words I hadn t knownOne change though is with the people Thubron visited the region in the throes of of calamitous change and there is an air of hopeful but cautious optimism that pervades the book Today the caution is largely gone in Uzbekistan at least and the region seems to have much greater confidence and optimism than earlier All in all a lovely read and almost perfect I d give it 4 and a halfHowever it s possible that my enthusiasm for the book is informed by the fact that I ve visited at least half the places in the book I found a few other reviews critisising the book as not being able to capture the place in writing in a way that s explainable I can certainly sympathise and I think that while the book is a terrific supplement to visiting the various monuments and places perhaps it s not a substitute

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A land of enormous proportions countless secrets and incredible history Central Asia was the heart of the great Mongol empire of Tamerlane and scene of Stalin's cruelest deportations A remote and fascinat. I was looking for in this book than it delivered and was disappointed by itThubron accurately describes the buildings that interest him and which he has travelled so far to see But detailed descriptions of ancient tombs and mosues can t take the place of photographs and there aren t any here not even black and white which would at least give and idea of the structures and environments I looked up some images on the web Wikipedia and Shutterstock especially of Samarkand Bokhara and the Pamirs Unfortunately I can t see any uickly which I could paste in here and be certain they weren t under copyright Samarkand Bokhara and other places along the Silk Road were on my long to visit list for years before I began to see some of the present day realities of Central Asia which held no appeal for me Thubron was in Central Asia not long after the Russians had pulled out of their colonies leaving behind disconsolate Russians Ukrainians other Eastern Europeans survivors of Soviet Siberian exile and their descendants He recounts meetings and conversations with some of those people and with locals who speak Russian a language he spoke Life was hard for most of them Some lived in hopelessness some not He asks about the rise of Islam now that Soviet religious repression has lifted He s clearly interested in whether there nationalism is emerging but I didn t get a strong sense of any pattern rather that it was ethnic loyalty Uzbek Tajik that mattered Thubron doesn t seem particularly interested in analysing what was happening socially and politically in the countries he visited but builds pyramids of anecdotal detailIt is tiresomely over written Sometimes there were so many adjectives and adverbs that I lost sense of what he was trying to sayAs often happens with travel writing I find myself feeling embarrassed for the people who were unfortunate enough to meet the travel writer Drunkenness slobbery eating habits spongy flesh bad teeth foul breath and are reported in detail maudlin conversations and complaints are written out at length I hope they have never read what he wrote about them


10 thoughts on “The Lost Heart of Asia

  1. says:

    I was looking for in this book than it delivered and was disappointed by itThubron accurately describes the buildings that interest him and which he has travelled so far to see But detailed descriptions of ancient tombs and mosues can't take t

  2. says:

    I read The Lost Heart of Asia while I was living in the region in the country of Kyrgyzstan In this book Thubron travels throughout Turkmenistan Uzbekistan Tajikistan Kazakhstan and – of course – Kyrgyzstan This was by far the most infor

  3. says:

    Thubron travelled through Central Asia in the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet empire Enabled by his knowledge of Russian he managed to do it largely without intermediaries so this trip is far beyond what one would expect of a grand tour of this huge region Yes there are visits to the touchstones the abandoned ruins of almost forgotten empires the unimaginable savagery of the Mongols the still worshipped tombs of S

  4. says:

    A brilliant insight into a vast but little known little explored area on Earth Central Asia A very simple account yet heart warming and heart wrenching An exploration of not only physical places but of the people their culture and their painful history An effort to uncover and understand hitherto unknown facts of a place pushed back to a corner in world history and politics A wonderful read Both as travel and as exploration of hu

  5. says:

    I really couldn't get into this book but I tried to plough through since it was a book club selection Timing defeated me and I had to return the book to the library but I figured I can always pick it up again hopefully before the m

  6. says:

    I was probably spoilt when I read this book Either I had read too many good books or too many bad ones Either wa

  7. says:

    I read this book after visiting Uzbekistan and I found it really terrific Although Thubron had visited the region

  8. says:

    Three weeks and only 141 pages in through the end of Chapter 5 means I'm not enjoying this one so it's back to the library for now I haven't read travel writing before aside from tourist guides like the Lonely Planet when actually visiting a place which is not at all the same thing although they are shelved together in the library and perhaps given my impatience with travelogue fantasies it's unsurprising that I didn't

  9. says:

    A travel book with a slice of historyColin Thubron travelled through these newly independent countries almost imme

  10. says:

    Beautifully written account of travels in a fascinating part of the world complemented with interesting historical facts and wonderful descriptions of landscape The stories of the dreadful impact of Russian occupation on t

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