This book is an amazing eyeopener as the US prepares to escalate our military commitment to Afghanistan. Mr Stewart's experiences clearly illustrates the logistical nightmare that is Afghanistan. The lives of the average Afghan is almost like going back in time. This country is full of poor, illiterate, isolated people who are none the less hospitable to a total stranger, sharing their very meager resources with him.
If I have any quarrel with Stewart it is that someone from such wealth and privilege (Dragon and Oxford) begging the bread out of the mouths of people so desperate and on the edge.
I am trying to imagine the success of travelling across this country the same way. "I have a letter of recommendation from your State Senator, may I have a nights lodgings and dinner?" Even though most of us have guest bedrooms and plenty of food, how many of us would open our doors?
I like when authors of non-fiction read their own works. While he doesn't do different voices or emote- he is British after all- it is more important to me to have the accuracy and first person account than showmanship. Their is one very emotional aspect to the book, that added to the story, but I wont go into it in the review. Just say it increased my interest in finishing the book to the very end.
stewart is an elegant british/scottish story teller
a fellow brit labels him "a f---ing nutter" and it fits
the book title suits the story and the author
the places in between
the things left unsaid
the challenges to conventional wisdom
the ability to stand up to bullies
the detection of a lie no matter how elegant
the willingness to endure in order to taste the truth
he believes his only true peers are ancient writers
quoted references are routinely from 4 or more centuries ago
he seeks a wisdom and perspective deeper than modern life provides
are parts embellished or fabricated ? probably
is he concerned with a "top 40" audience ? not at all
is it a wonderful awe inspiring book ? yes
he allegedly just got elected to british parliament
i suspect he is on his way to well promoted career
he brings you with him every insightful step of the way
If you want to gain some insight into the country of Afghanistan and the problems of resolving the power struggles in the Middle East, this book is a must-read. Rory Stewart not only brilliantly narrates the story of his walk across this enigmatic country, he also characterizes the way the well-meaning interference of Western nations has done little good and much bad for the stability of the area. But beyond that, the story is gripping, passionate, and compassionate, a true hero's quest in the style of the ancient epics. I have listened to this book four times, and I could listen to it many more. The pace of Stewart's narrative mimics the walking pace, and the listener feels like a silent companion to his journey. One of the best books I've ever read.
Author's ability to describe firsthand experience vividly. The fact that this author traveled somewhere that few would dare and he lived to tell about it. A firsthand account of just how backward life can be in Afghanistan was amazing. He narrated personally and he is a good story teller. Often the author/narrator quickens his verbal pace and it adds an element of excitement. I didn't realize how much I liked when he did this until the book was almost over.
When he entered a Taliban controlled village
I nearly cried at one point, but I won't say when because it would preempt a significant event
It's somewhat hard to believe this guy is alive. He should have died by either freezing to death or at the hands of bad guys in Afghanistan.
I would recommend this book because not only is it entertaining and informative but also revealing of a person with deep insight into human nature, empathy toward diversity of ethnic groups and love of animals
"Three Cups of Tea" because it introduces peoples from the region with understanding, thereby dispelling prejudiced views due to generalizations based on the tragedy of 9/11.
The warmth of his personal experiences so evident in his narration.
Yes, and since that could not take place, I looked forward to every opportunity to enjoy it.
I wish Rory Stewart wrote more books.
Rory Stewart embarked on a truly interesting endeavor with humility and courage. His storytelling is inspiring and thoughtful. The story is made all the better by his narration. You can hear his feelings and attitudes about his experience through his tone and patient cadence.
Rory Stewart; Babur a close second.
The idea of a catchy tag line for this book insults the very nature of it!
i drive a truck on the night shift. i love hearing interesting stories, i need some action to keep me awake :)
the fact that the guy walked across afghanistan and wrote about it.
shantaram, born to run. it is the journey/endurance theme that i liked best.
the narrator seemed to be fine.
i liked the way the author never really passed judgment, he just told the story. a good report on his walk through afghanistan.
If this guy actually walked across Afghanistan on foot during the time period he claims then it truly was an amazing and death defying feat. I enjoyed the book and narration. Mr. Stewart really provides good insight into the people and places of Central Asia. Very interesting for its own sake, this book is.
I love this kind of book and really admire Rory Stewart. I think he has a lot of courage. I enjoyed his narration with the Scottish accent. The book started off great and had a lot of interesting parts but overall it just went on and on with very little variation in the plot and kinds of characters. I felt tired at the end and was glad the walk was over.
I first read this adventure while floating down the Colorado river in a raft on the slower sections of the journey and found it fascinating as an insight into the people of Afghanistan. It gave me a beginning understanding of their lives,attitudes,beliefs, and problems which our government appears to be totally ignoring in its' attempts to help them. The author's almost incomprehensibly foolhardy trip was so well told that he helped me to almost photographically accompany him and vicariously experience his travails. Read this and you will understand more of the people of this region as you did when you (hopefully) read Greg Mortenson's story of helping the people in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Read them both to get some comprehension of our challenges in this part of the world in addition to hearing two great personal adventure stories.