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Barbed Wire & Babushkas: A River Odyssey Across Siberia Paperback – 6 Jan 2005
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'A great adventure and a very entertaining read' -- Sir Ranulph Fiennes
'Creates a feeling of escape and mischief of which Jerome K Jerome himself would have been proud' -- Times Literary Supplement
'Definitely one not to miss' -- Wanderlust
'Peppered with amusing anecdotes - Grogans humorous and understated style draws the reader into the journey' -- Geographical magazine
'Wonderfully entertaining - the most important account of Russian life since Colin Thubrons In Siberia' -- Ottakars
From the Back Cover
Victor was clearly concerned about our plans to travel along the border, promising that the guards would shoot us on sight: 'They will be made heroes, with medals from Moscow,' he thundered, slapping his chest, ' but you will be dead!' And with that, he moulded his hands around an imaginary machine gun and sprayed our chests with an impressive salvo of spittle. For years they'd dreamed of packing in their day-jobs and travelling one of the world's greatest rivers, so long as it was somewhere warm. Siberia seemed like the obvious choice... Starting from high in the mountains of northern Mongolia, Paul Grogan and travelling companion Richard Boddington set out to make the first source-to-sea descent of Siberia's 4,400km Amur River, known in China as The Black Dragon. After wading up-stream for five days to reach the source, they begin their epic, four-month journey knowing virtually nothing about the region they'll be travelling through, or even where they'll be able to find food along the way. One of the few things they do know about the river is that for almost 2,000km if forms the long-disputed border between Russia and China. the scene of armed conflict up until the late 1980's, it's still considered off-limits, even to Russians. Never sure if they'll be able to continue around the next bend, the pair face guns, gunboats and arrest at every turn, and are forbidden to even set foot in Chinese territory. But beyond this fascade of military might they find a generous, warm-hearted people with a wicked sense of humour and an unhealthy predilection fir poetry, pig fat and home-made vodka. With sun, sauna's and dancing girls also high on the agenda, they are soon swept along by life on the river and the occasional 4 a.m. flood.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
So while Paul doesn't go anywhere deathly deeply dangerous say up a mountain something I imagine would be difficult on a canoe...Or to the antartic or the desert or whatever dangerous.
He meets a colorful array of Russians and Siberians which really add together to make this book a real adventure where he made his mark on the people and the people made a mark on him.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
fantastic book. bought it from Poundland and it was the best bargain, couldn't wait to get back to reading it after leaving down. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent read. Very funny in parts. It was very interesting to learn about all the different people and their cultures as the 2 men travelled the length of the Amur river in... Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2015 by Mary
I don't know what it was about this book but it just kept me turning the pages over and over. Although Paul breaks no ground in going where no man has gone before he puts his story... Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2010 by Paul M
Two clueless amateurs take off to canoe the Amur from the source to the sea. The book's lightweight in every respect. Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2009 by Miran Ali
For a voyage as exciting as this the author does not present his story with any enthusiasum. Whilst the book was of an area of interest I felt it could be better written.Published on 4 Dec. 2008 by Farmer Ted