Silverland charts Dervla Murphy's extraordinary expedition through the snowscapes of Far Eastern Russia. No stranger to adventure, the intrepid septuagenarian's mid-winter journey takes her beyond Siberia to the furthest corners of Russia - areas proximate to Japan, Mongolia and the Arctic Circle. Here she discovers a strange world of lynx and elks, indigenous tribes and shamanism, reindeer broth and taiga-berry pie.
She takes the coal-fuelled slow-train around regions hardly exposed to tourism and there she meets a host of colourful and generous characters. They invite this unconventional Irish Babushka into their homes where she enjoys fascinating fireside debate bolstered by steaming samovars of sweet tea. Just like its author, Silverland is insightful, warm and truly original.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Steve38 - LibraryThing
Not one of Dervla Murphy's better efforts. She joins both Eric Newby and Laurens van der Post in the list of authors who have failed to make a rail journey in Russia's far east an enjoyable experience ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing
One can't but help despair when reading this book. The scale of devastation that has been wrought by man on that vast expanse called Sibera through logging, industrial pollution is very heart ... Read full review