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Impossibly exotic - the last unknown?,
This review is from: In Search of Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared (Paperback)
The cover of this book belies the scholarship and erudition contained therein - the cover looks like it heralds a humorous, frivolous, sarcastic travelogue by a satirical, complaining wag (how can I tell so much from a cover design?). But this is really a sober, occasionally droll, book. Described as "hilarious" and "offbeat" in the blurb, I can only assume the person who wrote that hasn't actually read the book because it is neither of those things. What it is is passionate, enthusiastic and entertaining. An unusual feature about this book is that the author is granted access to the popular president and the presidential inner sanctum over long periods. This gives an authoritative angle to the whole thing. You don't see that in many travel narratives. But some might say he didn't interview any dissenters. I don't know. Who could have imagined Kazakhstan could be so intriguing!? I hope he visits the other 'stans in the region, but something tells me that's not his style. Liked the pictures too. Great!