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Review This splendid book should take its rightful place on the same shelf as Chatwin?s In Patagonia. . . . [It is] rich with the poetry of antique places?[and] transports the fascinated reader smoothly into a vanishing world. ?The Washington Post Book World An elegant, poignant, and courageous account of a journey that pits the idealism of the past against the hatred, dispossession, and denial of the present. ?Karen Armstrong Dalrymple?s threnody for Eastern Christianity ranks with the great modern travel books, Robert Byron?s Road to Oxiana, Patrick Leigh Fermor?s Time of Gifts and Eric Newby?s Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. ?The Scotsman Any travel writer who is so good at his job as to be brilliant, applauded, loved and needed has to have an unusual list of qualities, and William Dalrymple has them all in aces. Dalrymple?s ear for conversation is as good as Alan Bennett?s. The best and most unexpected book I have read since I forget when. ?Peter Levi, Literary Review Read more About the Author William Dalrymple is the author of seven acclaimed works of history and travel, including City of Djinns, which won the Young British Writer of the Year Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Book award; the bestselling From the Holy Mountain; White Mughals, which won Britains most prestigious history prize, the Wolfson; and The Last Mughal, which won the Duff Cooper Prize for History and Biography. He divides his time between New Delhi and London, and is a contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The Guardian. Read more

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