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read mobi Ì Apples Are from Kazakhstan The Land that Disappeared Hardcover Þ johnscyclingdiary Ï ❂ [EPUB] ✺ Apples Are from Kazakhstan The Land that Disappeared By Christopher Robbins ➛ – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Closed to foreigners under Tsar andN a dusty desert town joins nomads hunting eagles eats boiled sheep's head a delicacy and explores some of the most beautiful unspoiled places on earth Observant and culturally attuned Robbins is a master stylist in the tradition of travel writing as literature a companion to V S Naipaul and Paul Therou A very interesting book about Kazakhstan who definitely is a very interesting country I liked that it wasn't a history book but that it spun the country's story and culture around anecdotes from the author's time there

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Closed to foreigners under Tsar and Soviet rule Kazakhstan has remained largely hidden from the world a remarkable feat for a country the size of Western Europe Few would guess that Kazakhstan a blank in Westerners' collective geography turns out to be diverse tolerant and surprisingly modern the countr On a flight from London to Moscow Christopher Robbins sat next to a man traveling from Georgia to Kazakhstan to start a new life with a woman he met over the Internet As they left the plane the man commented apples are from KazakhstanThat sentence hooked Robbins It hooked me too When I read that story in the prologue I decided that I would have to read the restApples are from Kazakhstan The man who established Kazakhstan as the birthplace of the apple Valivov was sentenced to death as an enemy of the people by the influence of his former protege Lysenko Vavilov's sentence was commuted to twenty years hard labor but he nevertheless died in a Soviet prison during an epidemic of dysenteryThese are the two sides of this book Robbins is clearly enchanted with this country birthplace of apples and tulips and home to the horse warriors who may have inspired the legend of King Arthur and his knights His stories of the history of the place and of his own travels are wonderful and entertaining reading At the same time he relates dispassionately but in detail stories of the misfortune brought to the land by the Soviet system These latter are just as well written but crushing to readThe two parts would be good on their own The combination is excellent

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Apples Are from Kazakhstan The Land that DisappearedY that gave the world apples trousers and even perhaps King ArthurChristopher Robbins enjoyed unprecedented access to the Kazakh president while crafting this travelogue and he relates a story by turns hilarious and grim He finds Eminem worship by a shrinking Aral Sea hears the Kazakh John Lennon play i Now feel I have to get my passport sorted out and take a trip to Kazakhstan lots of things to see and people to meet