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The book traces the journey of the author through the Middle East via Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad and Teheran to Oxiana, the country of the Oxus which was the ancient name given to the river Amu Darya, flowing between Afghanistan and the erstwhile Soviet Union.
What makes this book stand out?
The delight and excitement of the author while visiting and experiencing the grandeur of various architectural emanates through the book.
Read it for
The thoroughly captivating and zany adventures of the delightfully eccentric author. It should also be read as it is a rare account of the architectural structures of a region that is now inaccessible to western travelers.
Don't read it for
The historical account of Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan might not appeal to the tastes of all readers. The author also does not seem to be very good at observing the actions of his fellow men.