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Blind White Fish in Persia

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This book gives an account of a small Oxford University expedition to Persia in 1950 to bring back specimens of a fish, allegedly white and sightless, which was said to inhabit the underground water-courses of Iran. Though the four young men that made up the expedition failed in their quest, they discovered rural Persia where villagers still led medieval lives. The story i ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 4th 1990 by Penguin Books (first published 1953)
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I decided to stop reading this,life's too short and I really dont have the time to devote the concentration required to get through it at the moment!
It's May 2011 and Im giving it another go...
Well I finished it last night and am quite relieved to be honest! Forget the title of this book- there are no blind white fish mentioned, not a single photo of one- its basically a travelogue of the middle-east in 1950! Interesting in parts but its a part of the world I never want to visit so that impinged
Pretty enjoyable look at Persia in the 1950s as seen through the eyes of four Oxford students on a summer scientific expedition. Smith does a great job of describing the various people they met during their time there with respect, humor and humility, and, though there were a few slow parts, I found it a fairly entertaining read. It's really been kind of fun exploring all the free e-books that are out there!
Fairly well written travelogue, but ultimately I found it sort of dull.
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