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To The Frontier [Paperback]

Geoffrey Moorhouse
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19 Jun 1998
A fascinating account of a journey along the North West Frontier Geoffrey Moorhouse's fascination with India, which began with his classic Calcutta in 1971, took him back in 1983 to the North West Frontier, still 1 of the most turbulent regions in the sub-continent of South Asia. For 3 months he travelled through sind and the Punjab, finally reaching the high Hindu Kush mountains in the North. He traversed the Baluchistan desert, lingered in Kipling's favourite city of Lahore, and was one of the few foreigners able to penetrate the Khyber pass as far as the border of Afghanistan. He met Afghan Mujahideen, investigated drug smuggling and 1 day found himself in a room with 2 tons of heroin. In theNorth, he spent time with the celebrated soldiers of the Chitral Scouts. He reports on polo and cricket at altitudes unthinkable at Lords. His account of a terrifying journey along a narrow, precipitous track, complete with thawing but treacherous ice, is a seat-edge experience.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (19 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753804786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753804780
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoffrey Moorhouse was 'one of the best writers of our time' (Byron Rogers, The Times), 'a brilliant historian' (Dirk Bogarde, Daily Telegraph) and 'a writer whose gifts are beyond category' (Jan Morris, Independent on Sunday). He wrote over twenty books, on subjects ranging from travel and spirituality to cricket and rugby league. In 1982 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His To the Frontier won the Thomas Cook Award for the best travel book of its year in 1984. More recently he concentrated on Tudor history, notably with THE PILGRIMAGE OF GRACE and, in 2005, GREAT HARRY'S NAVY. He died in November 2009.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Frontier of Terror 4 Oct 2001
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So much is yet to be written about this most sensitive of borders, currently the thin line between the West and its focus for the terrorist "enemy." Written in 1983, Moorhouse recounts his travels with a keen eye for detail. He manages to strike the balance between the chaotic and bizarre system of rules and etiquette in this part of the world, leading to an infuriating frustration, the moments of wry humour that arise as a result, an enlightening explanation of the political, social and cultural backdrop to his travels and the moments of sheer trepidation travelling in one of the most inhospitable and hostile routes in the world. It is a blend that is as compelling as it is diverse.
Amongst the highlights for me was Moorhouse's observations of what he called a "flirtation" on a train, Islamic style... The inherent foreignness of everyday normality is often brought into the foreground, whilst the ruggedness and timelessness of such hostile terrain provides the reader always with a sense of the bigger picture. Both are relayed with intelligence and honesty.
The focus of the book is the perilous Khyber Pass. Of course, he makes it, but of the helplessness and vulnerability of the Westerner making the journey in 1983, he remarks "... there was nothing that any authority could do to help you if you got on the wrong side of naturally belligerent men."
Moorhouse gets on the wrong side of no-one, least of all the reader. His very English love of cricket relieves the tension of many awkward moments, and the friendly, gentlemanly Test series between Pakistan and England, with all its twists and turns, underscores the main action.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Enjoyable 17 April 2014
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Well written and interesting account of the authors trip through the tribal areas that make up Pakistanis border. Given current events it would be a trip that would be currently impossible. Moorhouse portrays well the history and colour of the region. Highly enjoyable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bad trip 12 Sep 2013
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Moorehouse achieves the impossible; he makes Pakistan dull. I had thought this was Alan Moorehead, who, among much else, wrote that sublime memoir A Late Education. Moorehouse is a product of the post-war who can write things like 'I was to discover in the next forty-five minutes that he had acquired quite a vocabulary of Teutonic curses during his sojourn in Wilhelmshaven, all of which were now fluently applied to his native land' (the sort of would-be jocular sentence one falls asleep in the middle of) followed shortly after by [a description of poached eggs] 'I was regarding a pair of solid white discs on my plate when my act of concentration was disturbed by..' Zzz. Sojourn? Teutonic?? Regarding??? Ha jolly ha. I plod on. Oy, it gets worse. 'As I slowly masticated the solidified products of these fowl..' Hilarious, these foreigners - and their hens! But not as hilarious as our pretensions. Beyond parody
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