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Danziger's Travels: Beyond Forbidden Frontiers (Paladin Books)

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This account describes the author's adventures during an 18-month journey "beyond forbidden frontiers" in Asia. With minimal equipment and disguised as an itinerant Muslim, he hitch-hiked and walked through southern Turkey, and the Iran of the Ayatollahs, entering Afghanistan illegally in the wake of a convoy of Chinese weapons and then spent months dodging Russian helicop ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 22nd 1993 by Flamingo
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Sep 20, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: arm chair travellers
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: Paul Theroux
I read this because it languished on my shelf for so long that the spine, originally a deep crimson red has faded away to a greyish yellow due to exposure to the sun. If the irreversible organic decay of a book before your very eyes is not a strong enough sign that a book has been on your shelf for too long then i'm not sure what is. Therefore in a bid to see this book go off and have its own adventure (via - sign up you'll bloody love it!), I pulled it off the shelf and it ...more
Tariq Mahmood
Fantastic, brilliant and courageous travel writing. Nick follows his romantic travel urges with single minded devotion which has to be rare trait in the world of today. Choosing to traverse through the Russian war in Afghanistan was a truly remarkable endeavour. I also highly enjoyed his travels among the Ughairs in China, about whom little literature is available. Very enjoyable and entertaining read indeed.
May 04, 2011 Tuck rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty incredible (if true?) travel saga of a young UK artist who gets a grant to travel the "silk road" via land in 1983-1985. So he does. There are some very interesting behind the scenes parts in Herat hanging with the mujaheddin and he describes the horrific conditions of being an "insurgent" or in this case a freedom fighter fighting the USSR, when the MiGs come in to bomb some donkeys, women and freedom fighters. Hells bells, there are a ton of stories in this book, as you can imagine tr ...more
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Apr 20, 2008 dead letter office rated it really liked it
this guy is one of those intrepid travelers that might have crossed the border between fearless and not right in the head. he traveled the silk road from istanbul to beijing, crossing border after border illegally without a visa. the place where he most impressively demonstrated his disregard for reality was afghanistan, which he traversed in the middle of the extremely bloody war between the Soviets and the proto-Taliban.
Aug 04, 2009 Henryk rated it it was amazing
This was a profound influence on me. Also, it was where I first heard about the Uyghurs.
Harry Hunter
Jun 17, 2011 Harry Hunter rated it really liked it
While i'll admit I found some of later chapters dealing with the travel through China a little tedious feeling too much of a travel diary rather than an adventure/anthropological study, the 'core' of the book dealing with journey through Afghanistan, Pakistan and the crossing of the Chinese border into Tashkurgan was absolutely gripping.

I'd recommend this to anyone with an interest in Central South Asian culture & politics. This along with Elliot's 'An unexpected light' set in the aftermath
Umair Hasan
Oct 16, 2007 Umair Hasan rated it it was amazing
It was a treat to read Danziger's adventures in the region specially Afghanistan. Writing about the resistance used to be pretty popular among the western authors in 80s. But reading from someone who spent some time with the Mujahideen while not amongst them but part of them really gives an interesting insight.

Apart from Afghanistan thingie, the way he overcame the difficulties in completing his "Mission silk route" really gives one the inspiration that if you have faith and decide to make your
Oct 11, 2007 Daniel rated it really liked it
Epic travel book; I aspire to do what he did!
Murray Henderson
Apr 08, 2014 Murray Henderson rated it really liked it
This book sat on the top shelf of my bookcase for many, many years. I didn't want to read it as I feared it would have me yearning again for my backpacking days around Asia decades ago. That said, I never went into a 'live' war zone like Danziger but the general hardships of life on the road ... on a tight budget ... were pretty similar. It delivers a fascinating insight into the 'ordinary' people in the Middle East and especially Afghanistan, that war-blighted country in a time when the Soviets ...more
David Harris
Jun 13, 2008 David Harris rated it it was amazing
A life-changing read this one was. On my own stick in a backpackers in a Swiss ski resort trying to find work but having no luck, only a few days before Christmas and very homesick. Picked this up in the common room bookshelf and finished in in about 4 hours. Inspirational travel book written well before off the beaten track backpacking became fashionable. Sure he's no Thoreaux, as proven by his next book, but his story makes up for the lack of prose. It was another 10 years before I finally sto ...more
Quynh Nguyen
Jan 14, 2015 Quynh Nguyen rated it it was amazing
A real inspiration to take up the next adventure. And so much I learnt about the lands and people around the SIlk Road. The journey in the book is as old as me, but his urge to travel would never be dated.
Jan 23, 2015 Cedric rated it really liked it
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Read this book years ago and it came up on my home page here at Goodreads so I thought I'd add it to my list of read books. This book encouraged me to travel off the beaten path, perhaps not as far off the path as Danzinger but it got me to places I would not have visited had I not read this book.
Mar 08, 2011 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
one of the best adventure travelogues out there. especially interesting is the author's encounter with the mujahadeen fighting the Soviets in 1980s Afghanistan. overall, the author has a good eye for detail and description.
Jul 15, 2008 Randi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a different perspective on the world
One of the first travelogue books I ever read, and a great read. Nick Danziger writes a compelling story of a world that was in turmoil then and continues to struggle today.
Peggy Payne Paustenbach
Jul 25, 2012 Peggy Payne Paustenbach rated it really liked it
great read and insight into the middle east during the 1980's. Should be read for perspective by anyone going to this part of the world.
Alex Tilley
Jun 05, 2013 Alex Tilley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Intrepid travels, not for package tourists
I read this in my early twenties and it inspired me to trot all over the globe. His daring comes across in a simple yet captivating account of his adventures.
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