TURKESTAN SOLO by Ella K. Maillart


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A personal experience travel book of story-book places in Central Asia. Part one tells of a young adventurer -- a woman, part Swiss, part Dane -- who through a ruse, annexes herself to a party in Moscow, and with them journeys through Kirghizia. The second part of the book tells of her trip alone, after she had parted from them, into the heart of Turkestan, visiting storied Samarkand, Bokhara and other places with less familiar -- and more unpronounceable -- names. By train, by boat, by plane, by horseback, on foot, on cambelback, -- she makes her way through these remote parts of the world, sensing their strange beauties, their undercurrent of contradictions where old and new rub elbows. Adventures with the natives, vivid pictures of their life and thought, and everywhere feeling the far-reaching tentacles of the Soviet. In this connection, it is particularly significant to note a volume which might well be sold jointly with this, -- Changing Asia, reviewed (in spite of the date), below for purposes of comparison. This book -- Turkestan Solo is first and foremost a human interest story, the interpretative aspects are secondary. A book for the armchair traveler.

Publisher: Putnam