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The REAL Central Asia,
This review is from: A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road (Paperback)
Having lived among Uzbeks for the past 4 years, I have to say Chris Aslan Alexander has knocked it out of the park with "A Carpet Ride To Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road." The author shows remarkable ability in walking the fine line between criticizing the preposterous Central Asian world of nonsensicality and seeing the Uzbek people for who they really are - post-Soviet shackles and all. But the real gripper is the love with which Alexander portrays this backwater part of the world which has been forgotten by so many and misunderstood by so many more. Entwined throughout the vivid tales of daily grind and the struggle of what is life are woven threads of admiration and true respect for the people with whom Alexander grows to know and value. It is not often that one finds an author who displays, with shocking nakedness, the true stripes of a culture and people - and who loves them dearly because of it - in spite of it. Honest agape admiration shines through the entire text and draws the reader into a similar sort of appreciative relationship. A wonderful read that accurately portrays the silky magic and the stark mundane of life in Central Asia.