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eBook Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River ePub

by Alice Albinia

  • ISBN: 0393338606
  • Category: Asia
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Alice Albinia
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (April 5, 2010)
  • Pages: 366
  • ePub book: 1604 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1298 kb
  • Other: lrf lit txt lrf
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 952

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Empires of the Indus book.

Empires of the Indus book. This is the story of one such river that could have boasted of some of the earliest civilizations being its offspring, had it a tongue ! But the river's lack of communication skills is solved with this amazing travelogue by Alice Albinia. While I did call this a travelogue in my earlier sentence, it would be narrowing this book down to almost nothing which is an insult to the book. The travel part of it is perhaps the background of a series of chapters that cover history, archeology, politics and the havoc humans unleash on nature.

Empires of the Indus follows the river upstream and back in time, taking the reader on a voyage through two thousand miles of geography and more than five thousand years of history redolent with contemporary importance. Nominally a travel book, this book attempts to incorporate, very unsuccessfully in my view, dollops of history and anthropology into its sluggish course. It's a turgid book in which both the author. Пользовательский отзыв - bezoar44 - LibraryThing. This is a complex, beautiful book by a bright, young-at-the-time writer.

Empires of the Indus, took me back to that moment It speaks about the Indus, but it also speaks about how a river has been divided between India and Pakistan, how the people and culture have been divided even though.

Empires of the Indus, took me back to that moment. The book makes you realize how so much of our history is lost behind the political boundaries that divide what was a land tied together by a myriad of cultures and stories. It speaks about the Indus, but it also speaks about how a river has been divided between India and Pakistan, how the people and culture have been divided even though they are the same - and it ends with a few pages on China's role in damming the Indus. Along the way, it talks about the lands of the Indus: Sindh, Punjab, the tribal areas, Kashmir, Ladakh, and more.

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Alice Albinia follows the river upstream, through two thousand miles of geography and back to a time five thousand .

Alice Albinia follows the river upstream, through two thousand miles of geography and back to a time five thousand years ago when a string of sophisticated cities grew on its banks. This turbulent history, entwined with a superlative travel narrative (The Guardian) leads us from the ruins of elaborate metropolises, to the bitter divisions of today. Like Rory Stewart’s The Places In Between, Empires of the Indus is an engrossing personal journey and a deeply moving portrait of a river and its people.

03-20-2016 (Photo: ‪The Indus River which gives India its name is the prime water source in Pakistan. Alice Albinia follows the river upstream, through two thousand miles of geography and back to a time five thousand years ago when a string of sophisticated cities grew on its banks. Emerging in the Kailas range on the Himalayan slopes, the river flows west. com/schedules Twitter: helorShow Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River by Alice Albinia. Alice Albinia is the most extraordinary traveler of her generation.

“Alice Albinia is the most extraordinary traveler of her generation. . . . A journey of astonishing confidence and courage.”―Rory Stewart

One of the largest rivers in the world, the Indus rises in the Tibetan mountains and flows west across northern India and south through Pakistan. It has been worshipped as a god, used as a tool of imperial expansion, and today is the cement of Pakistan’s fractious union. Alice Albinia follows the river upstream, through two thousand miles of geography and back to a time five thousand years ago when a string of sophisticated cities grew on its banks. “This turbulent history, entwined with a superlative travel narrative” (The Guardian) leads us from the ruins of elaborate metropolises, to the bitter divisions of today. Like Rory Stewart’s The Places In Between, Empires of the Indus is an engrossing personal journey and a deeply moving portrait of a river and its people. 18 illustrations

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happy light happy light
Constantly in the news, I have been wanting to know about Pakistan. Hearing of the Indus Civilization which created modern plumbing along the river more than 4,000 years ago, I decided to focus on the river to learn about Pakistan. Published in 2008, Ms. Albinia has seen Pakistan develop since Jean Fairley wrote The Lion River. Ms. Albinia starts at the delta & travels up the length of the Indus to its mouth in China. Tragically, she finds that China has dammed the river a short way from the mouth. Fortunately, the Indus is fed by many powerful tributaries all along its course, so the millions of people downstream who depend on the river are not lost. What I especially liked in Empires of the Indus were the fascinating stories the author recounts of her travels. She was in danger several times due to the political instability. She crossed borders into Afghanistan, Ladakh & Tibet. A brave traveler! I came away with several ideas: for all the political conflict & repression, she relied on the common folk of the countryside to join with her in her discoveries & they did not fail her. She makes plain the daunting complexities of tribe & culture in attempting to understand this country. Military coups & autocratic leaders have been the norm here. It will take an unimaginable revolution to alter its course. A great read.
ladushka ladushka
This is an excellent book, which was recommended by John Green in his Crash Course World History series. It takes you back in time while also providing a travelogue for modern Pakistan, with bits of Afghanistan, Tibet and India thrown in. Take a journey to the source of the Indus, to it's primeval beginning and the lives of ordinary people in countries we in the west barely know anything bout.
Samulkree Samulkree
This is a wonderful book. A travelogue tracing the Sindhu river from its place of confluence to the place of origin, taking us back in time - historiography. For someone interested in the history of the people, places and culture along the river, this is a must read. I've recommended this book to other people, who also loved the book.
kinder kinder
Loved this book. Author has documented her travels in the areas influenced by the Indus River. I enjoyed her stories about the past and present. I commend her for bravely traveling to all types of areas of Sindh to gather her material. I think she has done a great service to the people of Sindh and many other curious minds and admirers of History. It's one of the great parts of our world and I really enjoyed how Alice brought it out.

Update (4/3/2013) - I write my initial review after reading the first 5 chapters, directly related to my personal heritage. And now that I'm done with the rest of the book, the rest of it did not disappoint either! I think the Author's insight into the history of the areas has great depth. Her co-relations and explanations make this a very interesting book.
Ndyardin Ndyardin
This is a very well written and exciting book about an adventurous journey interwoven with less known bits of local history, culture, and ecology. One of the most interesting and best written books I have read in the last years.
Mushicage Mushicage
Very readable and informative, though a bit dry.
Zulkigis Zulkigis
A brave journey. The book rings quite true. Albinia has a good understanding of the societies through which she travels. I enjoyed the book and learned much.
Really enjoyed this in-depth review by an author who has literally gone deep, exploring the geography and the people, experiencing and learning along the way.