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The Places in Between

The Places in Between is about Rory Stewart(Author) who travels across Afghanistan only walking on foot. It is a great narrative because Rory shares his experiences in the different villages he visited and the different people he met. It was interesting to read about how people live in small villages and how the war has affected the lives in Afghanistan.

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jpk0007 - 0 points - 9 months ago
Well, I am sure this must be an interesting book and i will definitely check it out very soon. I love to travel throughout the World and I like to read books related to travel. Afghanistan is certainly a very beautiful place which unfortunately has been caught in the power struggle of the powerful nations of the World. It is a war-ravaged nation with people who are very resilient and strong-willed. The travel of the author on foot through this place will surely be full of interesting facts and stories of the people who still continue to fight all the odds in order to survive.
dullian - 1 point - 9 months ago
Well, I can imagine the impact the author's experience had on him that it led him to write a book. It sounds like the books is able to give an intimate vision of the real situation there, although I'd say that Afghanistan has seen some changes throughout its history, so I'm curious about what period exactly the book covers.
jeffreyjose48 - 0 points - 9 months ago
I believe that this is a very interesting true to life book. I am thankful for Rory Stewart for sharing his experiences in visiting villages. Its good that he is the eyes and the ears for all of us. We may not go to Afghanistan but through this book it is just like going to that place.
menchuuy58 - 0 points - 9 months ago
I think this book is very interesting and heart rending. Rory Stewart's first book, "The Places in Between," recounts his journey across Afghanistan in January 2002. Even in mild weather in an Abrams tank, such a trip would be mane-whitening. But Stewart goes in the middle of winter, crossing through some territory still shakily held by the Taliban — and entirely on foot. There are some Medusa-slayingly gutsy travel writers out there — Redmond O'Hanlon, Jeffrey Tayler, Robert Young Pelton — but Stewart makes them look like Hilton sisters.
achikeziah - 0 points - 9 months ago
I believe that reading this story will open our eyes to the difficulty to live in a place where there is war. Paul Theroux once described a certain kind of travel book as having mainly "human sacrifice" allure, and how closes Stewart comes to being killed on his journey won't be disclosed here. He is, however, sternly warned before he begins his walk. "You are the first tourist in Afghanistan," observes an Afghan from the country's recently resurrected Security Service. "It is mid-winter," he adds. "There are three meters of snow on the high passes, there are wolves, and this is a war. You will die, I can guarantee." For perhaps the first time in the history of travel writing, a secret-police goon emerges as the voice of sobriety and reason.
mcnasci24 - 1 point - 9 months ago
I have always wondered what drives a person to make such a dangerous journey, to show to the world the conditions of a certain place. There aren't many journalists or writers who are willing to sacrifice their lives to tell a compelling story, and I applaud those who dare.
potchuy203 - 1 point - 9 months ago
The Places in Between is a travel narrative by British writer and Member of Parliament Rory Stewart, detailing his solo walk across north-central Afghanistan in 2002. Stewart arrives in Afghanistan in January 2002, beginning his journey in Herat and proceeding on foot to Kabul. He is initially accompanied by two armed guards, Qasim and Abdul Haq, at the insistence of Governor Yuzufi but travels without human company for most of his walk, accompanied only by his dog, Babur. On his journey, Stewart encounters many of Afghanistan’s most notable historical sites, including the Minaret of Jam, the Dome of Chist-e-Sharif and the Buddhas of Bamiyan, which were destroyed by the Taliban. Afghanistan is particularly hazardous during the winter and, while walking across landscape covered by nine feet of snow, he is physically assaulted, shot at and attacked by wolves.
faithuy56 - 1 point - 9 months ago
Stewart's account of seeing the Minaret of Jam was of significant, wider importance. Prior to his visit it was uncertain whether the tower was still standing. The Society for the Preservation of Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage had not heard a reliable report on its condition for some eight months, and there were concerns that the Taliban might have blown it up, as they did with the Bamiyan Buddhas. Though Stewart found the Minaret still standing, he encountered villagers who were conducting excavations of what they believed to be the lost city of the Turquoise Mountain, selling their finds to traders from Herat. Upon his return to the United Kingdom, Stewart contacted UNESCO to try to inform them of the scale of the damage being done by these unauthorised excavations, and confronted Professor Andrea Bruno at the British Museum in an attempt to raise awareness of its looting. He writes that he "was told that an archaeologist would begin work on the site in April 2003, sixteen months after my visit and long after the villagers had removed everything they could". An account of his visit to the Minaret was published in The New York Times in August 2002.
Vinsanity - 1 point - 9 months ago
With this, I would like to emphasize how war could affect the lives of people. I have read as well a book which is related to war affecting the lives of people. The book that I am pertaining to is the Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. The diary is about life of Anne, a Jewish girl who went into hiding in a secret annex during the Nazi occupation in Netherlands. I read how much war affected the way they live and that their actions are very limited because anytime they might be seen or noticed by the Nazis.
faithjose822 - 1 point - 9 months ago
The Places in Between was critically applauded, winning the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, a Scottish Arts Council prize and the Spirit of Scotland award in 2005. It was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and the John Llewlyn Rhys prize. The New York Times named it one of the top-ten books of 2006, a distinction the newspaper rarely gives to travel books.[4] It was a New York Times bestseller for thirteen weeks and has been translated into nine languages.
MelanthaKrasos - 1 point - 9 months ago
The Places in Between sound interesting. Violence is something that we don't want everyone to go through. Unfortunately, this is the life others has to live by. May this book inspires everyone to internalize that greed and violence will amount to nothing but pain for every individuals. I believe that people caught in war will give us the understanding of life's many setbacks and struggles and how despite everything some manage to live and put on a courageous heart in the middle of war torn country.
jeffreyjose48 - 1 point - 9 months ago
I think this is a great book written by Rory Stewart. I can imagine how difficult it is to be in a place where there is war. I think there is a risk of losing your life too.
mcnasci24 - 1 point - 9 months ago
Wow, the premise seems so interesting. I'll be sure to look this book up. Thank you for the recommendation!
Jelineex - 1 point - 8 months ago
It's good to know the life in Afghanistan. The hardship and emotional disturbance brought on war. It takes a lot of courage to face and trying to fit the scenario in one's life. I do hope that Afghanistan and the rest of the world will surpass and stop war. Peace and unity should be implemented. Thanks for sharing this book information by Rory Stewart.
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