In Siberia (BBC Radio 4) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 2 Oct 2000
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?What a relief after all the cheerful travel books and brave adventure stories! A small human voice that makes the dark woods pulse with magic.?--"Los Angeles Times Book Review?Thubron is a sensitive, observant traveler who clearly respects the Siberians for the hardships they have endured. . . . In Siberia places the region in its historical context, but Thubron's history is never didactic or potted. Above all, Thubron is never a travel bore. . . . Readers may derive a great deal of travel envy from this account of his adventures.?--"New York Times Book Review "Thubron proves again why he is considered one of the most affecting travel writers today with this graphic, melancholy portrait of Siberia. . . . From each locale he pries a nugget--a lasting personal tale or memory he passes to the reader like a gift. . . . Thubron's prose poetry is abrupt, frugal, and glinting. . . . And if Siberia is slippery, what he has caught is treasure enough.?-- "Kirkus Reviews?You might not want to journey to the vast tundra of Siberia, but Colin Thubron takes you there with a lyrical poignancy that paints vivid images in your mind and makes your heart ache. . . . If modern America troubles you, "In Siberia will give you evocative encounters with another world and reason to be grateful for your own.?--"USA Today?Many adventurers plunge into Siberia in search of untrammeled roads or unspoiled grandeur; only a handful bring with them a significant knowledge of the land's history, geology and wildlife. Even rarer are those who relay the experience as magically as does this award-winning author. . . . Only his tender treatment of Siberia's enchanting characters and extraordinary natural beauty brightenwhat would be an otherwise dark and desolate path.?--"Publishers Weekly (starred review)?Thubron's ability to see, feel, analyze, to blend the present and the past, makes "In Siberia more than a travel book. His keen eye, like a great photographer's, sees more than an image; he captures the essence of Siberia.?--"Chicago Tribune?No single book can capture the enormity or the ?otherness? of Siberia, but this one comes close. Thubron's travel books and novels have been widely appreciated for years in Britain, and it's easy to see why. Through language that is alternately exuberant, poetic, and mournful, Thubron evokes the natural beauty of Siberia as well as its despoliation.?--"Booklist (starred review)?In this powerful, final volume of his trilogy on the Asian continent ("Where Nights Are Longest, The Lost Heart of Asia), veteran travel writer Thubron traverses all points of the compass in Russia's vast, sparsely settled Wild East. . . . [His] well-researched, moving account is a testament to the hardships endured by Sibera's people and their ability to turn their backs on history, look to the future, and whistle a hopeful tune.?--"Library Journal?Now comes a third book in this extraordinary series of Russian travelogues. Siberia! . . . Thubron approaches his great theme through language. Page after page contains examples of the exact word needed to convey observation. . . . He wanted to find some unity or shape to human destiny, and he has done so. Fear of Russia is a thing of the past, and pity for the living and the dead instead fills this book with the purpose and beauty of prayer.?--"National Review?A cinematically evocative, often heartbreaking account of one of the world'swildest, loveliest places--and one of its worst vacation destinations.?--"Newsweek?Thubron fuses history with politics, ethnography with geography, cultural anthropology with social psychology to demarcate what Siberia was and is, literally and metaphorically. . . . This challenging, self-contained volume warms to the task of paying tribute to the coldest inhabited place on Earth. . . . Thubron's descriptive authority and all-encompassing breadth are palpable.?--"Houston Chronicle"The journey depicted was lonely and grueling, the writing so fine that it is like a long meditation, with perfect tonality. Besides conveying both the beauty and ugliness of an inknown quadrant of the earth, Thubron employes the travel genre to show us exactly how those in the Gulag suffered. I could never really picture what the Gulag "looked" like until I read this book."-- Ryszard Kapuscinski, Author of "Imperium"A fascinating book! Once again, Colin Thubron has proved his mastery, his unique talent for reaching exceptional places and extraordinary people. Thanks to him we encounter a world which, in its beauty and awe, exceeds our imagination."-- Robert D. Kaplan, author of "Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History?On the short list of great contemporary travel writers . . . Colin Thubron ranks very high.?-- "Boston Sunday Globe?[Thubron] paints a fascinating picture of [Siberia's] culture, wildlife, and natural beauty.? -- "American Way --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Colin Thubron is an acknowledged master of travel writing. His first books were about the Middle East Damascus, Lebanon, and Cyprus. In 1982 he traveled in the Soviet Union, pursued by the KGB. From these early experiences developed his great travel books on the landmass that makes up Russia and Asia: Among the Russians; Behind the Wall: A Journey through China; The Lost Heart of Asia; In Siberia; and most recently, Shadow of the Silk Road.
Colin Thubron is an award-winning novelist as well as, arguably, the most admired travel writer of our time. He lives in London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
In parts, one can sense a fond yearning for the days of the Soviet Republic - when the collective farms functioned properly, with working tractors, to produce food for all. Now the mechanics of such planned economies have disintegrated, prices have spiralled upwards, the savings of the old have been rendered worthless and the young have little enthusiasm, other than to leave. Despite this, some do still find space to find hope, perhaps in the renaissance of forgotten religions, or perhaps simply in some strained, optimistic view of the future.
Throughout the book the shadow of the Gulag, the Soviet labour camp, lingers. Throughout Stalin's reign, criminals, political opponents, or simply those that were deemed to be a threat, were sent to the bleak wastes of Siberia for imprisonment.Read more ›
It's a magnificent, sprawling book, as befits its subject matter, though readers who are less religiously inclined may find the author's fondness for religious icons and architecture a bit trying at times.
He likes his similes and metaphors, and if this kind of creative writing lights your fire, then you will like this book. For me, it was occasionally too much. And nowhere does he describe in detail why he embarked on this journey, or whether his expectations were fulfilled. I also struggled to see the joins between chapters - was it one long journey or were there breaks? How long overall was he in the field?
For me, the best travel writing is when it feels that I'm listening to the account delivered by a friend at first hand; with this one, it's as though I'm listening in on someone else's conversation; still good, and worth the time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did find this book fairly heavy going, though not without interest. At just under 300 pages, it was certainly enough. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mike707
Fantastically well written. While the author shows great eloquence and a gripping writing style, I disliked, however, his condescending tone on Siberia and the people who live... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very disappointing and a real slog to get through. There are some interesting characters in here, heart-rending stories and fascinating history. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Andy Lopata
I read the review on the basis of the awards and the overwhelming amount of five stars and recommendations on the back of the book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by James Warner Smith
I find ebooks difficult to dowload to my kindle without wifi even though I follow the instructionPublished 23 months ago by moonwillow