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The Silk Road : taking the bus to Pakistan, Bill Porter

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The Silk Road : taking the bus to Pakistan
Title
The Silk Road
Title remainder
taking the bus to Pakistan
Statement of responsibility
Bill Porter
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
To travel upon the Silk Road is to travel through history. Millennia older than California's Camino Real, and perhaps even a few years senior to the roads of the Roman Empire, the Silk Road is a network of routes stretching from delta towns of China all the way to the Mediterranean Sea -- a cultural highway considered to be essential to the development of some of the world's oldest civilizations. It was upon this road that that Chinese silk traveled and was exchanged for incense, precious stones, and gold from India, the Middle East and as far the Mediterranean, contributing to the great tradition of commercial and idea exchange along the way. In the fall of 1992, celebrated translator, writer, and scholar Bill Porter left his home in Hong Kong and decided to travel from China to Pakistan by way of this famous and often treacherous Silk Road. Equipped with a plastic bottle of whiskey, needle-nose pliers, and the companionship of an old friend, Porter embarks upon the journey on the anniversary of Hong Kong's liberation from the Japanese after World War II and concludes in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, at the end of the monsoon season. Weaving witty travel anecdotes with the history and fantastical mythology of China and the surrounding regions, Porter exposes a world of card-sharks, unheard-of ethnic minorities, terracotta soldiers, nuclear experiments in the desert, emperors falling in love with bathing maidens, monks with miracle tongues, and a giant Buddha relaxing to music played by an invisible band
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Porter, Bill
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Literary form
non fiction
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Silk Road
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The Silk Road : taking the bus to Pakistan, Bill Porter
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Publication
Control code
18856123
Extent
279 pages
Isbn
9781619027107
Lccn
2015039657
Label
The Silk Road : taking the bus to Pakistan, Bill Porter
Publication
Control code
18856123
Extent
279 pages
Isbn
9781619027107
Lccn
2015039657

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