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Journeys on the Silk Road by Joyce Morgan
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Oct 31, 11

bookshelves: book-club, non-fiction, biography
Read from October 23 to 31, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 1

I was a bit concerned on starting this book that, although there appeared to be lots of quotes, there was little referencing. However, on investigation, the authors had opted for endnotes, rather than footnotes. Relax of scholarly outrage!

Part biography, part history, part travel/journeys/exploration, this book centres on the discovery of the oldest, dated, printed 'book' - the Diamond Sutra. Starting with Aurel Stein's preparations for his exploration into the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts, the authors take you with Stein on his perilous journey through Turkestan and China.

The authors have chosen a delicate touch when dealing with the removal of antiquities, such as scrolls, statues, and even wall murals - by neither condoning nor condemning such practices - but explaining that the Western world of the time believed they were the only ones in a position to protect such history.

To date, the Diamond Sutra has survived a millenium sealed in a cave in the Gobi desert, riots and unrest in Dunhuang, a perilous journey to Britain and the British Museum, and evacuation to Wales during World War II.

A good book, well written, sensitive and informative.
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Josephine Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Great review! :) Thanks for sharing.


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