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5.0 out of 5 stars T-Reviews, 26 Oct 2012
This review is from: Travels with Myself (Paperback)
This is a tremendous and generous collection of Tahir Shah's writing. Some pieces have been seen in book form or on the internet before but it doesn't detract in the slightest because gathered here they can be seen in a slightly different context and many of the 61 pieces are newly published. It's particularly encouraging to see so many pieces on the situation of women around the world. Women on Death Row is a tale of remarkable dignity, in some ways reminiscent of Nawal al-Saadawi's Woman at Point Zero and In Cambodia's New Killing Fields is particularly uplifting. There are so many pieces of great and interesting writing that it's hard to pick examples. The range is wide, chronologically and geographically and they make their impact in a variety of ways. There are travel pieces, cultural pieces, historical pieces, teaching stories that all engage the reader intellectually and emotionally with Shah's typical insights, humour and energy to make a real cornucopia of tales for the 21st Century. The pieces are short and powerful and I would encourage anyone with an interest in the human condition to read this book. Preferably to read it over and over again.Travels With Myself
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4.0 out of 5 stars BOOK IN AND TRAVEL, 28 Aug 2012
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A true kaleidoscope of the most memorable events described in his books and elsewhere, Travels With Myself, covering over 20 years of travel and writing, is the best introduction to the whole corpus of the travel writer Tahir Shah. Factual, highly-informative, surrealistic, magical and funny. With Tahir Shah, you never know: you will always learn a lot, for he is a master of seeing the world in a new way. To use three of his really outstanding titles, he is a `Sorcerer's Apprentice' reporting from `The Caliph's House' - `In Arabian Nights' style. In Travels With Myself you will certainly find yourself ... traveling with him!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sixty Facets, 16 Feb 2012
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This book containing over sixty very varied pieces of work written by Tahir Shah over the past twenty years, is intended to be a bedside book or a companion on the reader's own long journey. The writing was inspired by experiences in many parts of the world including Morocco where the author now lives, and the emphasis is on the people encountered as much as the places visited. Dedicated to his wife, Rachana, `Travels With Myself' is unusual for a book of the genre in that it contains several very sensitive pieces concerned with understanding the predicament of women in very difficult situations.

One piece is predominant in my mind as I write this. It was written in praise of Bruce Chatwin and his book `The Songlines', his own indispensible travel companion. What Shah writes about Chatwin's work could well be applied to his own. I urge you to buy `Travels With Myself' because `with such a book the impact isn't necessarily obvious at first ... but the more you read it, and live with it, and travel with it, the more it speaks to you, and the more you realise you cannot live without that book. It's then that the wisdom hidden inside, the seed, is passed on.' Shah's best writing too is lyrical, has perfect rhythm, juxtaposes the sharpest realism with far-flung fantasy, is capable of easing the reader down through layer after layer until they hit raw metal, the mirror in which they see themselves.

You may well discover this is a book you cannot live without.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Navigated by Starlight., 10 April 2013
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On the back of this book with the evocative cover (designed by Rachana Shah) it says that the collection is a sort of bed side book, a book to dip into ... well it is my bedside book. A gulp there a scan here (go back to it). Oh ho, what's this?
Accounts that one can trust the telling of.
Like at least one other reviewer I was startled and oppressed by 'Women on Death Row' (this terrifying story is told with admirable calm and force, (may good arise from it)) conversly there is an account of women in Cambodia enabled to do a very dangerous and helpful job.
'Memoir of a Torture Prison' carrys the same calm, stomach turning punch as 'Womaen on Death Row.' There are other articles about the desperate plight of women across the world.
BUT, that is by no means all, from 'The People of the Cloak to 'On The Skeleton Coast' and 'The Romance of Richard Halliburton' the writing sings and the pieces (essays) are arranged in digestible bites one as interesting as the other.
A 'Scorpions Palace' indeed and 'an easy read'.
Couldn't recommend it more.
pg 332 The Magic of the Ordinary.
''The real beauty of Morocco' he said pensively 'can only be seen from inside out. Search from it outside in and you will never find the truth or the real beauty held within''
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