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R insulted his hosts unwittingly by following Western customs and discourse instead of Afghan ones But the Afghans were courteous eaceful whether showing the visitors around a nearly forgotten shrine feeding them and their horses riding for days To Make Sure They Reach make sure they reach next outpost in an unforgiving countryside Unforgiving erhaps underestimates the case this is brutal terrain cold dusty Sticky Church plains broken by mountains There is not even a hint that the Afghans were on the verge of tearing each other toieces Granted Chaffetz travelled through and around that the Afghans were on the verge of tearing each other to Forbidden Love Unchained pieces Granted Chaffetz travelled through and around city of Herat influenced by Iran at that time still ruled by the Shah androud of the mosue built by ueen Gawharshad Chaffetz reportage does not spare his own occasional lack of grace He chronicles being cheated when Witches of the Deep South purchasing clothes or a horse and recounts how his Afghan companion occasionally chides him for rudeness Chaffetz captures. Es of the Afghaneople setting out by car and on horseback for a long journey through the northwestern uarter of the country A Journey through Afghanistan is th.
Couldn t get all the way through it without disturbed by the condescending tone way through it without being disturbed by the condescending tone some observations are on others are imperialistic and judgmental If I were reading this for scholarly urposes I would have finished but not a great leisure read In the late seventies David Chaffetz travelled through a country that no longer exists Afghanistan Not that there is not a country by that name but the Afghanistan that Chaffetz visited riding a horse between dusty towns and their teahouses entertained by the local
Landowners Drinking Tea Anddrinking tea and with shrine keepers impoverished teachers and military men has in the meantime been savaged by than three decades of war and a recovery that has been uneven at best In his telling this overty stricken territory was almost unfailingly hospitable if occasionally suspicious of this foreigner even when he insisted on riding into a blizzard Shortly before the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan David Chaffetz slipped from the rotection of Western culture and immersed himself in the customs fears and hop. How different Afghan discourse is from the West s much concerned with the reservation of relationships mildly curious about Chaffetz home At the end of the book Chaffetz recounts a conversation he had with an Afghan who called him They talked of this and that Chaffetz offered an invitation that he no doubt knew would be declined as it was At the end the Afghan explained why he had called I don t want anything Just to talk I will call you again so we can talk and remind one another how Afghanistan used to be when you travelled here That declaration is sad enough but the even greater sorrow the ublication date of my edition is 1984 while the mujahedeen were still fighting against the RUSSIANS BEFORE THEY WERE SUCCESSFUL AND before they were successful and turned their guns on each other only to lose most of the country to the Taliban is just how much farther Afghanistan had yet to go how much its eople had yet to endur. E story told in vivid descriptive The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature (Penguin Press Science) (English Edition) prose of his experience an account that reveals about the Afghaneople themselves than most books written either before or sin. ,