A modern journey tracing the Silk Road west from China to Turkey. Fascinating and insightful.
The Shadow of the Silk Road --- by Colin Thubron --- The Silk Road linked China with Turkey and the West. It has existed since time immemorial. It was not one road. Rather It’s was a series of routes much like a skein of yarn. Along it moved gold and silver and wool from Europe and silk and lacquer ware and knowledge from the Orient. Along its paths flowed traders, bandits and holy men. But today it is a mere remnant it its former dimensions. Long ago ships plying the oceans stole much of the Road’s trade. And what is left is a tale of drought and decay; grit and sand; enmity and oppression. Thubron engages himself in a voyage along this road, not in luxury but in the way that the people of the Road themselves would travel. His is the story of the voyage along that Road. This is volume not oft encountered. Read on in history and fleeting encounters with the inhabitants of the Silk Road.
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