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A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road [Versión Kindle]

Christopher Aslan Alexander
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'Enjoyable account of the seven years the author spent in the remote desert oasis of Khiva, Uzbekistan.' -- Bookseller 'This travelogue enriches our understanding of a little-known world, and as Christopher is taken into an Uzbeki family there are some nice touches as West meets East - like when he is hailed a mystic for predicting Bobby Ewing's return from the grave as Uzbekis get their first taste of Dallas.' -- News of the World 'Unsparing in his censure of Uzbekistan's repressive government, the author nevertheless paints a sympathetic and often humorous portrait of Khiva's residents... More than just a tableau of Khiva, the book also paints a picture of a foreigner's integration into the community.' -- Wanderlust '...serves as a primer on the mysteries of sericulture, and on the endless ramifications of the natural-dyer's craft. His pursuit of powdered madder root takes him deep into Afghanistan, whence he emerges after close shaves.' -- Independent 'Alexander is an excellent guide through the chaos of local life, and his writing is thick with his adventures in this walled city, drawing a vivid portrait of the domestic lives of his Uzbek hosts with great affection and humour, while also casting his eye over the history of trade on the Silk Road.' -- Telegraph 'The fact the author lived and worked among Khiva's inhabitants for so long distinguishes "A Carpet Ride to Khiva" from many travel books, as we glimpse life in a Central Asian "desert oasis" of silk, carpets and extraordinarily colourful natural dyes.' -- FT 'An extraordinary tale of adventure and enterprise set in the heart of Central Asia, beautifully told, by a most unusual young man. Hopefully it will inspire others to embark on similar ventures.' -- Peter Hopkirk (author of The Great Game) 'Too many travel writers visit Central Asia in a hurry, bulking out their own misadventures with a slice of the region's colourful history. But the strength of this readable book derives from the author's patience: after seven years in Uzbekistan, Alexander has provided a frank and penetrating portrait of the country, with all its contradictions and absurdities. He writes with clear-eye observation and courage, and never fails to emphasize the ingrained hospitality and random acts of kindness that remind you that, in spite of everything, Central Asia is still an exceptionally alluring place.' -- Times Literary Supplement

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The Silk Road conjures images of the exotic and the unknown. Most travellers simply pass along it. Brit Chris Alexander chose to live there. Ostensibly writing a guidebook, Alexander found life at the heart of the glittering madrassahs, mosques and minarets of the walled city of Khiva - a remote desert oasis in Uzbekistan - immensely alluring, and stayed. Immersing himself in the language and rich cultural traditions Alexander discovers a world torn between Marx and Mohammed - a place where veils and vodka, pork and polygamy freely mingle - against a backdrop of forgotten carpet designs, crumbling but magnificent Islamic architecture and scenes drawn straight from "The Arabian Nights". Accompanied by a large green parrot, a ginger cat and his adoptive Uzbek family, Alexander recounts his efforts to rediscover the lost art of traditional weaving and dyeing, and the process establishing a self-sufficient carpet workshop, employing local women and disabled people to train as apprentices. "A Carpet Ride to Khiva" sees Alexander being stripped naked at a former Soviet youth camp, crawling through silkworm droppings in an attempt to record their life-cycle, holed up in the British Museum discovering carpet designs dormant for half a millennia, tackling a carpet-thieving mayor, distinguishing natural dyes from sacks of opium in Northern Afghanistan, bluffing his way through an impromptu version of "My Heart Will Go On" for national Uzbek TV and seeking sanctuary as an anti-Western riot consumed the Kabul carpet bazaar. It is an unforgettable true travel story of a journey to the heart of the unknown and the unexpected friendship one man found there.

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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
  • Tamaño del archivo: 1212 KB
  • Longitud de impresión: 372
  • Editor: Icon Books Ltd (1 de julio de 2010)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • Texto a voz: Activado
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  • Valoración media de los clientes: 2.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas  Ver todas las opiniones (1 opinión de cliente)
  • Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: n°95.179 Pagados en Tienda Kindle (Ver el Top 100 de pago en Tienda Kindle)

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2.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas un poco cursi 1 de marzo de 2013
Por luigi0
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Es una historia interesantes pero muy cursi y excesivamente sensiblera de un tipo que se va a Uzbekistan e intenta y pone en marcha un taller de alfombras. un coñazo
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Amazon.com: 4.7 de un máximo de 5 estrellas  16 opiniones
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A Ride Worth Taking 30 de noviembre de 2010
Por Globe Trotter - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I have had the absolute pleasure of visiting Khiva, Uzbekistan. I witnessed the beauty of its Islamic architecture, intricate designs, stunning colors, and beautiful people. But nothing on my visit took me into the depth of Khiva's story like the words from Alexander's book. I am sure there are books that more thoroughly cover themes found in this book: Khiva's history, Central Asian Islamic culture, Soviet society, humanitarian work, carpet weaving and natural dyes. But I love how Alexander weaves these themes together in a contemporary real-life story that both engages and educates the reader. Alexander peels back several layers of superficial misunderstandings to expose the complex intersection of diverse forces at work in Khiva, and one man's hope to establish a cottage industry and transform a few lives in the process. Definitely worth reading.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A Carpet Ride to Khiva 4 de enero de 2011
Por Marie - Publicado en Amazon.com
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In A Carpet Ride to Khiva, Alexander offers us stories of Uzbek people whose world may be nothing like our own and yet they possess all of the human passions we are familiar with; love for family, a desire for fun, and a need to attach meaning to life. This non-fiction work is a brilliant example of storytelling at its finest. Alexander's book is inspiring, challenging and entertaining. It was an honor to be privy to such an honest narrative.
A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Real-life adventure 30 de diciembre de 2010
Por James J Cornett - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Many people dream of living in another country and working for something bigger than themselves. Yet few let go of the securities and comforts that often surround and sometimes ensnare daily life. Are the sacrifices worth it? Does the adventure outshine the difficulties? Can one really make a difference in the world? Chris Alexander dared to challenge those questions and more as he stepped into the unknown world of Central Asia, where the only certainty was that there would be something new around every corner. Aslan, as Alexander was often called, decides in his writing to couple the lore of adventure with the sometimes harsh, sometimes heart-warming, sometimes comical nature of real life. If you can't pack up and embark on an adventure to the former Soviet Union, you can live it vicariously through "A Carpet Ride to Khiva".
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas An insiders look at Central Asia 10 de mayo de 2013
Por Ellen C. Jeffers - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I loved this book especially when I found the store/ business he helped to create on the last day in Khiva, Uzbekistan. I was able to talk to the sister of his founding partner who manages the store and this really brought it all to life. His story is interesting in that it tells the background and difficulties he went through to be able to assist the women to be able to earn a living in this nation which was just emerging from years of Communist rule.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas great read if you have been there. 25 de abril de 2013
Por Judie Sinclair - Publicado en Amazon.com
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A must read if you are going to Uzbekistan. A very interesting country but I am not off to live there.
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