The Places in Between by Rory Stewart

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The Places in Between Read Online Free - In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan-surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night he slept on villagers' floors, shared their meals, and listened to their stories of the recent and ancient past. Along the way Stewart met heroes and rogues, tribal elders and teenage soldiers, Taliban commanders and foreign-aid workers. He was also adopted by an unexpected companion-a retired fighting mastiff he named Babur in honor of Afghanistan's first Mughal emperor, in whose footsteps the pair was following.

Through these encounters-by turns touching, con-founding, surprising, and funny-Stewart makes tangible the forces of tradition, ideology, and allegiance that shape life in the map's countless places in between.

Title : The Places in Between
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ISBN : 0156031566
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 299 pages


Sean rated it ★★★★☆

September 11, 2007

In theory, it is easy to hate an Eton educated upper class Scotsman who decides it’d be a lark to walk across Afghanistan six months after the fall of the Taliban. The idea reminds me of the stupidity and adventurism I encountered when I went to Palestine with ISM. People vacationing in other peo...

Carmen rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 30, 2008

It is what it is: a guy walks across Afghanistan. What do you think happens? A) he encounters very poor and poorly educated tribal/feudal lords B) he encounters hostile, backward, cruel teens and militia and former soldiers C) he walks 25 miles a day with not much to describe: rural Afghanistan is...

da rated it ★★★★★

November 19, 2017

I am in total awe of this author -- whew! -- to say the least. This is his account of his walk across the length of Afghanistan in 2002, right after 9/11. Need I say more? He's not a perfect writer, not a perfect audio narrator; facts which make his tale all the more compelling.

Tracey rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 02, 2009

Rory Stewart walks across most of Afghanistan. I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, Stewart’s total disrespect for the customs of the people he meets along the way interfered with any enjoyment I might find in the story of his journey. He feels a sense of entitlement towards their hospit...

Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it ★★★★☆

March 16, 2012

Just weeks after the fall of the Taliban in January of 2002 Scotsman Rory Stewart began a walk across central Afghanistan in the footsteps of Moghul conqueror Emperor Babur and along parts of the legendary Silk Road, from Herat to Kabul. He'd find himself in the course of twenty-one months encoun...

Jonfaith rated it ★★★☆☆

October 16, 2012

Graham borrowed my copy and didn't return it. Graham is a friend from the pub. He's retired and he often forgets many things. I bet he forgot he borrowed The Places In Between. The arrogance of the Westerner is on full display in this romp just after the NATO/Northern Alliance victory over the Ta...

Jennifer rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 21, 2007

I'm not quite sure how to classify this book. It's not exactly a travel book, nor is it "current affairs." So perhaps I'm not judging fairly by seeing it air more on the side of travel than any other genre. Anyway, a good travel book, in my opinion, should make you vaguely want to go to a place....

Lisa rated it ★★★☆☆

August 25, 2007

I found out about this charater from a magazine article at the time of the book's release. A scotsman who, for a variety of personal reasons not really revealed (a nice change of privacy in this world). begins walking across Afgahnistan. He intersperses historical entries of a previous walker &...

Will rated it ★★★☆☆

August 17, 2010

Stewart is an upper class Brit who sustains the English tradition of adventurism. He has worked in Iraq (and done other things I cannot recall here) and in this book he tells of his walk across Afghanistan. It was an interesting tale, one in which he offers a picture of what life is like for many...

Chrissie rated it ★★★☆☆

April 13, 2013

The author walked across Afghanistan! Yes, all the way on foot. The book covers his travels from Herat to Kabul over the mountains in the winter of 2001, after the US invasion. Rather foolhardy/dangerous, but I enjoyed hearing about his meetings with the Afghans of different ethnic groups. A Afgh...

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