The Road to Oxiana
In 1933 the delightfully eccentric Robert Byron set out on a journey through the Middle East via Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad and Teheran to Oxiana -the country of the Oxus, the ancient name for the river Amu Darya which forms part of the border between Afghanistan and the Soviet Union. His arrival at his destination, the legendary tower of Qabus, although a wonder in itself, it not nearly so amazing as the thoroughly captivating, at times zany, record of his adventures.
In addition to its entertainment value, The Road to Oxiana also serves as a rare account of the architectural treasures of a region now inaccessible to most Western travellers. When Paul Fussell "rediscovered" The Road to Oxiana in his recent book Abroad, he whetted the appetite of a whole new generation of readers. In his new introduction, written especially for this volume, Fussell writes: "Reading the book is like stumbling into a modern museum of literary kinds presided over by a benign if eccentric curator. Here armchair travellers will find newspaper clippings, public signs and notices, official forms, letters, diary entries, essays on current politics, lyric passages, historical and archaeological dissertations, brief travel narratives (usually of comic-awful delays and disasters), and--the triumph of the book--at least twenty superb comic dialogues, some of them virtually playlets, complete with stage directions and musical scoring."
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Steve38 - LibraryThing
It has taken me too long to get this deservedly classic travel book. Classic in the jargon sense of famous and also because the author displays his classic education with ease and enthusiasm. Robert ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Kristelh - LibraryThing
Excellent!!! Witty and informational. Robert Byron and his friend Christopher Sykes travel the Road to Oxiana during the time between the two great wars. Interesting portrayal of culture, ancient ruins and political climate. I loved this book. Read full review
Tomb Tower Frontispiece
The Friday Mosque
The Mausoleum of Uljaitu
A Niche in the Friday Mosque 191
The Tower of Kabus
Chinese Influence at Gazar Gah
The Mausoleum of Gohar Shad and the Minaret