The Places in Between

Stewart, Rory

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Places in Between
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.

Publisher: Orlando :, Harcourt, Inc.,, [2006], ©2006
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 0156031566
Branch Call Number: 915.81 St
Characteristics: xii, 299 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm


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Feb 01, 2015
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful companion read to any of the many recent novels about Afghanistan. It is the true story of a man who walks across Afghanistan from Herat to Kabul over the mountains in the dead of winter. He returns to Afghanistan in 2002, when the Taliban are defeated and Hamid Karzai becomes president. He lives mostly on bread and tea and the kindness of strangers. His adventures are at times terrifying, always interesting and completely compelling.

Oct 20, 2014
  • KCLSRecommends rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In January 2002, British citizen Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan - surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers.

Mar 19, 2014
  • bookwormjeph rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A thoroughly enjoyable book that I found fascinating - especially with all the war related news over the last decade or so it was great to read a book by an author who walked across Afghanistan from village to village not long after the Taliban had been ousted. Spiritual, scary and exhausting that his journey was, his relating of it is absorbing.

Sep 07, 2013
  • Brancher rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This excellent travelogue has all the elements of a classic 19th century Baedeker. It is simulatneously a walking guide, an ancient and contemporary history lesson and a personal journey with seeds in adventure and finally leads to enlightenment and connection, and maybe a bit of understanding of an ancient culture and their wariness for outsiders.

Nov 19, 2011
  • jlazcan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a fantastic book by a very intelligent individual. Stewart's writing is straight forward and ego free. He explains the current and historical nature of the world around him. He draws the reader in with interesting stories and has a keen ability to separate fact from fiction. His travels are grand in scope and somewhat irresponsible, but provide for an amazing ride. If you enjoy learning about foreign cultures and history then you should enjoy this book.


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