A short report today.
We are currently snowed in here where I live, and we are suffering from network and power grid failures1.
Which has caused the planned post to be lost during an aborted blog update.
The idea was to devote some attention to the third bok of the challenge, Stuart Stevens’ Night Train to Turkistan.
Which I am finding it terribly uninspiring.
I’ll try and summarize my views in the following post, planning to do a more in-depth overview in the next few days.
Probably Stevens’ book suffers from the comparison with the works of Maillart and Fleming and, indeed, of many other travelers in Central Asia in the 20s, 30s, and 40s.
Maybe there’s been a shift in perception, and Maillart’s lyrical observations, and Fleming’s detached and very British outlook seem fresher and truer than the American author’s travelogue.
Maybe it’s just me, and I suffer from an acute form of nostalgia.For sure, my hope of using Night Train to Turkistan as a counterpoint and commentary of Fleming and Maillart’s journet west is becoming more of a wishful thinking.
For sure, my hope of using Night Train to Turkistan as a counterpoint and commentary of Fleming and Maillart’s journey west is becoming more of a wishful thinking.And here I trust this brief message to the web, and go back to clearing up the snow from my courtyard.
And here now I entrust this brief message to the web, and go back to clearing up the snow from my courtyard.
- which, all things considered, is perfectly in tune with our Challenge. ↩