For most travellers, and all merchants, the road from China to India lies as it has lain for centuries, through Singkiang along that ancient Silk Road which is the most romantic and culturally the most important trade route in the history of the world. In 1935 Peter Fleming set out to travel that route, from Peking to Kashmir. It was a journey ...Read MoreFor most travellers, and all merchants, the road from China to India lies as it has lain for centuries, through Singkiang along that ancient Silk Road which is the most romantic and culturally the most important trade route in the history of the world. In 1935 Peter Fleming set out to travel that route, from Peking to Kashmir. It was a journey which swept him and his companion 3500 miles across the roof of the world. It took them seven months to complete the journey. They travelled across deserts and mountains, through ice and sand and into some of the most beautiful, mysterious and dangerous areas in the world. His account of that journey is filled with endurance and adventure, with strange encounters in the wilderness, with tales of Chinese, Mongol tribesmem and Indians, and with a spirited sense of humour and courage.Read Less
Very Good with no dust jacket. Text faintly browned.; 11 x 18 cm.; pg. 394; A Jade/Futura book. Foreword, index. "[This book] describes an undeservedly successful attempt to travel overland from Peking in China to Kashmir in India. The journey took seven months and covered about 3500 miles. We travelled for two reasons only. One is implicit in the title of this book. We wanted (it was part of our job, even if it had not been part of our natures) to find out what was happening in Sinkiang, or Chinese Turkestan. It was eight years since a traveller had crossed this remote and turbulent province and reached India across country from Peking. The second, which was far more cogent than the first, was because we wanted to travel--because we believed, in the light of previous experience, that we should enjoy it. Itturned out that we were right. We enjoyed it very much indeed." ISBN: 1708819192; 0708819192.
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Peter Fleming (brother to the creator of James Bond) was an hardworking, thoughtful writer who liked to pretend that he was indolent rake who somehow managed to toss off his books in between whiskeys. Fleming, then a correspondent for the London Times, invariably minimizes his own knowledge, celebrates his motives as trivial, and mocks any attempt to inflate his own bravery. His classic account, One's Company, of a journey into remote, war-torn Manchuria begins with the bogus claim, "This book is a superficial account of an unsensational journey." Instead it is one of a set of travel books that are among the best ever written. News from Tartary details a trip from Beijing to India through the Taklamakan desert in the middle of the Chinese civil war--an attempt to find out what was happening in a portion of the world that no European had been to in almost a decade. Via truck, horseback, mule, and on foot Fleming and his companion, an intrepid Swiss writer named Ella Maillart, traveled 3500 miles of very rough country. The book is funny without being whimsical, acerbic without being unkind, and, most of all, wonderfully evocative of a fascinating and now-vanished time and place. I would have given it five stars, but if I did that what could I say about something like War and Peace? I think Fleming would have approved this decision.
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