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The Silk Road

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The Silk Road

Post by Nefret » Mon April 21st, 2014, 11:35 pm

We were studying this in my history class a few weeks ago. It's so interesting. The book I'm currently reading is called Life Along the Silk Road by Susan Whitfield. I was looking for more books, either HF or NF. Preferably set in China or the Middle East.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"

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Post by Ludmilla » Tue April 22nd, 2014, 3:01 pm

I enjoyed Colin Thubron's Shadow of the Silk Road (NF, Travel Literature).

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Post by annis » Tue April 22nd, 2014, 9:11 pm

Michael Chabon's Gentlemen of the Road is fun, a tongue-in-cheek novel set in the 10th century and inspired by the pulp-fiction adventures of earlier times.

For something a bit more romantic, Jeanne Larsen's Silk Road, set in 8th century China

Also worth a read in the way of adventure is Colin Falconer's Silk Road, set in the 13th century.

If you want evocative, you can't go past James Elroy Flecker's poem The Golden Road to Samarcand.

As far as non-fic, goes, Xinru Liu's The Silk Road in World History and Frances Wood's The Silk Road: Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed April 23rd, 2014, 12:02 am

I remember enjoying (long ago) Caravan to Xanadu: a novel of Marco Polo
which a google search reveals to be written by Edison Marshall. A good fun read if you can find a copy.

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Re: The Silk Road

Post by ellisael » Wed November 6th, 2019, 10:28 am

I did quite enjoy reading Life Along the Silk Route.

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Re: The Silk Road

Post by Tony119 » Thu February 10th, 2022, 4:29 am

You could try Gore Vidal's Creation. It's a philosophical blockbuster set in the Fifth Century BCE. The main character, a Persian, makes his way to China. He contrives to talk to Buddha (given a cynical interpretation) Confucius ( he gets a benign one) and Lao-Tzu. He also deals with Socrates, Pythagoras, Sophocles, Pericles, and Darius the Great.

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