BLIND WHITE FISH IN PERSIA by Anthony Smith

BLIND WHITE FISH IN PERSIA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A 4 man expedition, from Oxford, to live in South Persia and pursue chemical, geographical, botanical and zoological interests is laid on the line in the 5,000 miles going and coming and the incidents of their stay. All the hurlyburly of getting started, routed and equipped, the travel in the truck and the troubles with the mountains of necessary papers; all the formalities that pursued them across Europe, over the water and the desert to the Kirman area in which they moved from Jupar, to Mahun to Negar. There the life in the qanats (underground water channels), the fauna that included the blind white fish, was of primary interest to the author, and the collection of specimens resulted in failure, success and mad moments. The village and town life, in which they bluntly went their way; the economic and social incidents, and the daily occurrences of foreigners in isolation; the stream of life as helpers, visitors and curious natives entered into their affairs; and, their time up, the cumbersome return home. Not all jolly and bright here, not all friendly and happy either- but a thoughtful recapitulation of ways in which a working party can disturb and sometimes dismay a foreign community. The value of serious consideration gives this its worth.

Publisher: Dutton