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Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan, Volume I

Isabella L. Bird

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .A small hole in the wall outside each stall serves for cooking. The habits of the people are repulsive, foul odours are only hybernating, and so, mercifully, are the vermin.

While waiting for the "furniture" which is to make my "unfurnished apartment" habitable, I write sitting on my camp stool with its back against the wall, wrapped up in a horse-blanket, a heap of saddles, swords, holsters, and gear keeping the wind from my feet. The Afghan orderly smokes at the top of the stair. Plumes of palms and faintly-seen ridges of snowy hills appear over the battlements of the roof. A snow wind blows keenly. My fingers are nearly numb, and I am generally stiff and aching, but so much better that discomforts are only an amusement. Snow is said to be impending. 53 I have lunched frugally on sheep's milk and dates, and feel everything but my present surroundings to be very far off, and as if I had lived the desert life, and had heard the chimes of the great caravans, . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Had to get out the atlas to see the routes she was taking, especially a topographical map.
The descriptions of the clothes and "houses" really puts you into the time and place.

I read this on a Nook and wish I had a physical copy to be able to read the footnotes at the time they are noted in the text.

A glimpse of a world that we will never see again.