The road to Oxiana

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Picador, 1937 - Travel - 285 pages
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In 1933 the delightfully eccentric Robert Byron set out on a journey through the Middle East via Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad, and Teheran to Oxiana-the country of the Oxus, the ancient name for the river Amu Darya which forms part of the border between Afghanistan and the Soviet Union. His arrival at his destination, the legendary tower of Qabus, although a wonder in itself, is not nearly so amazing as the thoroughly captivating, at times zany, record of his adventures.

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User Review  - Roger - Goodreads

Robert Byron may have been a thoroughly unlikeable man. A product of Eton and Oxford, he was a product of the time when to be an upper-class Englishman meant that there was a certain expectation that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dale - Goodreads

I would give high marks to any 30 pages from this book chosen at random. Byron was very knowledgeable about architecture and provides detailed and evocative descriptions of the ancient buildings on ... Read full review


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