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  • News from Tartary

  • By: Peter Fleming
  • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

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 which swept him and his companion 3500 miles across the roof of the world. It took them seven months to complete the journey.

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  • A Matter of Taste Perhaps

  • By David on 16-06-15

A Matter of Taste Perhaps

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-15

I am an avid reader of travel books and sadly, albeit Fleming is an accomplished writer, this just didn't hit the mark for me. It was more of a meander through a region, of minimal eventuality, rather than anything of real substance. I would not go as far to say I did not enjoy the book. Metaphorically it was more like lying in a gentle steam, not unpleasant, as opposed to standing under a waterfall, exciting and invigorating. As with most matters of taste, one concedes, this is a purely subjective assessment.