A few years it became possible, for this first time, for a foreigner to travel Siberia almost at will. This is the account of Thubron's 15, 000-mile journey through this astonishing country - one twelfth of the land surface of the whole earth. He journeyed by train, river and truck among the people most damaged by the breakup of the Soviet Union, traveling among Buddhists and animists, radical Christian sects, reactionary Communists and the remnants of a so-call Jewish state; from the site of the last Czar's murder and Rasputin's village, to the ice-bound graves of ancient Sythians, to Baikal, deepest and oldest of the world's lakes. This is the story of a people moving through the ruins of Communism into more private, diverse and often stranger worlds.
©1999 Colin Thubron (P)2009 Random House Audio
The book is fantastic.
It took quite a long time for me not to be irritated by the" Rrrahshyan ektsents" adopted throughout by the reader, however. I'd have preferred their voices to simply be a change in the narrator's voice, not a poorly done foreign accent. I'd have preferred it if the reader had researched (or been coached) on the proper pronunciation of place- and personal- names instead.
But a great book.
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