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Chasing the Sea by Tom Bissell
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Jul 06, 2008

it was amazing

One of those books in which I had zero interest in the topic--I leave the "--stans" to my husband--but was curious about the writer, who had been highly recommended. What a terrific read this proved to be. It's a road trip in the old-fashioned sense of the word, where the destination seems to be getting further away with every spontaneous funeral, every debauched night, which Bissell tries valiantly to avoid, an impossible mission in a group of Russians. Learned a tremendous amount about Uzbekistan's incredibly bloody history, its dismal present, its gracious people. Especially fine were Bissell's descriptions of the horrid experts and journalists making public fun of people who, for example, continue to nurse tubercular patients for $8.50/month that they don't always get paid.
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