The Places in Between

Version: Unabridged
Author: Rory Stewart
Narrator: Rory Stewart
Genres: Travel, Asia
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: October 2006
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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In January 2002, Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan—surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night he slept on villagers" floors, shared their meals, and listened to their stories of the recent and ancient past. Along the way Stewart met heroes and rogues, tribal elders and teenage soldiers, Taliban commanders and foreign-aid workers. He was also adopted by an unexpected companion—a retired fighting mastiff he named Babur in honor of Afghanistan's first Mughal emperor, in whose footsteps the pair was following. Through these encounters—by turns touching, confounding, surprising, and funny— Stewart makes tangible the forces of tradition, ideology, and allegiance that shape life in the map's countless places in between.

Reviews (1)

Amazing Detail, Felt Like I Was There

Written by alaynemarie on November 22nd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Travelers who get off the beaten track hope to achieve the moment where you look, move, and are mistaken for a local. The author of this book does an amazing job of detailing the people, cultures, and history of Afghanistan. Moreover, he parallels & constrasts many of his thoughts to what is depicted in day-to-day media that I walked away feeling incredibly informed, without actually haven traveled to that region. Highly recommended to people who like travel, culture, or history.

Author Details

Author Details

Stewart, Rory

RORY STEWART has written for the New York Times Magazine, Granta, and the London Review of Books, and is the author of The Prince of the Marshes. A former fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire by the British government for services in Iraq. He lives in Scotland.