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Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubron
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Nov 04, 09

Read in November, 2009

My Museum book group read Colin Thubron's book to learn about the Silk Road.
Much of the writing was beautifully description, but it was too detailed description, so became a slog. Everyone agreed that it was a chore to wade through pages of detail about the difficult travels through former silk routes, and left a depressing view of life there today. He moves from Xian, China to eastern Turkey, through mountains and deserts of the "-stans," describing the complex cultures and generally unhappy people he encountered.
However, it you patiently immerse yourself in the writing and visualize his descriptions, you might enjoy it.
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