The Places in Between

Stewart, Rory

Book Club Kit - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Places in Between
Traces the author's 2002 journey by foot across Afghanistan, during which he survived the harsh elements through the kindness of tribal elders, teen soldiers, Taliban commanders, and foreign-aid workers whose stories he collected along his way.

Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, Inc., c2006
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Branch Call Number: 915.8104 STEWART
Characteristics: 10 books, 1 reading guide - in a plastic tote


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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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