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Friendly Steppes: A Silk Road Journey (English Edition) Kindle Edition

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Länge: 344 Seiten Sprache: Englisch



This is the chronicle of an extraordinary adventure that led Nick Rowan to some of the world's most incredible and hidden places. Intertwined with the magic of 2,000 years of Silk Road history, he recounts his experiences coupled with a remarkable realisation of just what an impact this trade route has had on our society as we know it today. Containing colourful stories, beautiful photography and vivid characters, and wrapped in the local myths and legends told by the people Nick met and who live along the route, this is both a travelogue and an education of a part of the world that has remained hidden for hundreds of years. Friendly Steppes: A Silk Road Journey reveals just how rich the region was both culturally and economically and uncovers countless new friends as Nick travels from Venice through Eastern Europe, Iran, the ancient and modern Central Asia of places like Samarkand, Bishkek and Turkmenbashi, and on to China, along the Silk Roads of today. Containing colorful stories and characters, wrapped in the local myths and legends told by the people who live along the route today, this is both an entertaining travelogue and inspiring introduction to a part of the world that has largely remained hidden from Western eyes for hundreds of years but is on the verge of retaking its central role on the international stage. Travelling through the rapidly expanding cities of China and the ancient cities of Central Asia and Iran, Friendly Steppes will have great appeal to those who want to travel to the Silk Road countries and understand the region's heart rather than simply visit its religious and historical relics as tourists. It is essential reading for those interested in discovering more of the region and its remarkable people before the world finally realizes what it potentially has to offer and changes it for better, or for worse.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 5381 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 344 Seiten
  • Verlag: Hertfordshire Press; Auflage: one (12. Dezember 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #604.638 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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HASH(0x9249c510) von 5 Sternen Realistic view of ole silk road 25. März 2013
Von Doug Matalik - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
Great read. An incredible epic journey from Italy to China revealing ancient trade routes while being educated about history. Nick Rowan recounts his days of discovery and frustrations. With most of the post USSR central Asian countries rarely reported in today's media this book was a welcome read page by page!
HASH(0x92242c54) von 5 Sternen Great story, presentation needs work 27. Oktober 2014
Von Evil Voodoo Celt - Veröffentlicht auf
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A fascinating and engaging story of a journey through the countries that lie along the ancient Silk Road. The author is an engaging character- he doesn't take himself too seriously, but he isn't overly self-deprecating, either. And he went into this adventure with a determination to *have* an adventure, to be challenged and to allow himself to change. It also helped a lot that he really seems to like people, to think the best of them, and to want to communicate with them. I found myself wishing that he'd left out the (far too) usual disparaging remarks about "tourists" and the like, but there weren't too many and they were confined to the beginning and end of the story.

Apart from that last, there is one major problem: he needs a professional editor. According to his acknowledgments, he had a relative edit it, but (no offense intended) I couldn't tell... maybe she just checked spelling and punctuation? The author's syntax and grammar are often garbled, his world choices have a tendency to be odd or simply wrong, and he could both cut down on his adverb use and make sure his modifiers in general are modifying the right thing.

I read the Kindle edition, and the conversion needs some work as well- the map images didn't go with their headers, the photos section was completely jumbled, and the table of contents and suggested reading sections weren't formatted properly. I know that for under $5 US there's a certain amount of "you get what you pay for", but these are elementary problems that a single pass through would catch.
HASH(0x922427e0) von 5 Sternen Incredible journey 21. Juli 2014
Von Tod - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a truly well written account of the authors journey on the Silk Road. He uniquely dovetailed vibrant descriptions of people, places and the day in day out exciting and most likely mundane travel from one locale to another. Mr. Rowan was able to include history and current events in the story. A delightful book sure to raise the pulses of any who love Central Asia, the Stans, history or real life journeys of adventure. I do wish he could have ventured into Afghanistan. His keen ability as an observer would have been wonderful. I hope he is still traveling and writing.
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