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Journey into Russia [Paperback]

Laurens Van der Post
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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (Oct 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014002347X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140023473
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 571,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Behind the enigmatic iron curtain of Soviet officialdom,Laurens Van der Post discovered the real Russia - treasured by it;s ordinary people.

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3.0 out of 5 stars For once, some serious travel writing 17 Nov 2007
I'm not a huge fan of travel writing as a rule - the 'gag'-hunting of people like Bill Bryson really gets in the way of the actual information about the country that the book is supposed to be telling you about, and most of the time isn't actually amusing. Van Der Post is thankfully not a comic writer, and thus you do learn a lot about Russia in this book. It was written in the 1960s and consequently is of no real use to the traveller today, but is interesting as an historical document - showing how an outsider, as well as many insiders, viewed the secretive and prohibiting Soviet Union and its communist overlords at the time.
The book did drag a bit, notably the parts about Yalta and Tbilisi - again, this is possibly just because of my aversion to anecdotal travel writing that doesn't seem to have any real import - but overall I enjoyed the book and found it illuminating. The author's comparisons between Russia and Africa were particularly interesting, as were his comments on art and artists in Russia, pre- and post-revolution.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Incisive 27 Feb 2002
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Considering this book was written nearly 40 years ago I found that the authors incisive comments about Russian character to be right on the nose. Accurate and quite telling. Actually surprising me that nothing really has changed since then in many ways. An enthralling book and well written as you might expect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another gift for my daughter in law that she was delighted to receive 30 Dec 2011
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Gift for my daughter in law. She was delighted to receive this out of print book. It came from a library and had some library glue stain in it but she didn't seem to care at all.
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