An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan

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Macmillan, Nov 17, 2001 - Travel - 473 pages
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Part historical evocation, part travelogue, and part personal quest, An Unexpected Light is the account of Elliot's journey through Afghanistan, a country considered off-limits to travelers for twenty years. Aware of the risks involved, but determined to explore what he could of the Afghan people and culture, Elliot leaves the relative security of Kabul. He travels by foot and on horseback, and hitches rides on trucks that eventually lead him into the snowbound mountains of the North toward Uzbekistan, the former battlefields of the Soviet army's "hidden war." Here the Afghan landscape kindles a recollection of the author's life ten years earlier, when he fought with the anti-Soviet mujaheddin resistance during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

Weaving different Afghan times and visits with revealing insights on matters ranging from antipersonnel mines to Sufism, Elliot has created a narrative mosaic of startling prose that captures perfectly the powerful allure of a seldom-glimpsed world.

 

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AN UNEXPECTED LIGHT: Travels in Afghanistan

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

British journalist Elliot chronicles his love affair with Afghanistan in this evocative, albeit somewhat long-winded, narrative.The author first visited Afghanistan briefly when he was 19 and the ... Read full review

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An English schoolboy with no connection to the place, falls mysteriously in love with a far country. As soon as he is old enough, off he goes. And a wonderful, wonderful book results. Just now and ... Read full review

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One
13
Two
49
Three
89
Four
127
Five
175
Six
205
Seven
241
Eight
275
Nine
317
Ten
355
Eleven
401
Twelve
433
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Jason Elliot lives in London. An Unexpected Light is his first book.

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