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The Lost Heart of Asia by Colin Thubron
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Jan 19, 11

bookshelves: eurasia-frontier, thehistorynerd

This is a great travel book. One that meanders through Central Asia shortly after, "the Fall" of the Soviet Union. Before the rest of the world was really worried about radical Islam as we know it, you constantly find yourself reading Thubron's question, "Do you think this will become like Iran?" It begins by the time he heads to Kazakhstan like a broken record.
His descriptions of the landscape however are beautiful, and you can find yourself imagining the scenery. As someone who has recently been to some of the places he describes I can't help but laugh at how different, and yet how similar, everything is.
Pick up this book if you are interested in Central Asia (like, where is that?), if you've read Thubron before and like it, or are interested in the different views of Islam in an area of the world few know anything about. Otherwise skip it, and try and find some other books.
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