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The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron
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Mar 01, 10

bookshelves: history, read2008, bestreads2008
Recommended for: people who like awesome books
Read in July, 2008

Snarky, underfunded, antisocial, linguistically limited, and with a keen dislike of both his own people and those of other nations, Byron trekked through Iran and Afghanistan in search of architectural treasures. The Road to Oxiana, composed in the form of a journal, veers between beautifully restrained descriptions of landscapes and ridiculous, self-deprecating slapstick. It's heavy on art theory and historical background but never for a moment feels either boring or stilted. A hugely fun, enormously informative read.
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