Buy In Siberia by Colin Thubron (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. In Siberia is a travel book by the English writer Colin Thubron. Published in , the book depicts Thubron’s journeys in Siberia in the late s, after the. Listening to Thubron’s account of his extensive travels in Siberia in is a different experience from reading his book.
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Preview — In Siberia by Colin Thubron. In Siberia by Colin Thubron. In the late 90s, post—Soviet Union, he decided to explore Siberia—this time by truck, by bus, by boat. The result is an evocative account of an extraordinary region.
He travels through exotic cities and deserted villages, meets nostalgic old Stalinists and aggre In the early s, Colin Thubron wrote a book about his travels around the Soviet Union in an old Morris Minor. He travels through exotic cities and deserted villages, meets nostalgic old Stalinists and aggressive Orthodox churchmen, and generally interweaves Siberia’s fascinating history with a description of the place today.
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To ask other readers questions about In Siberiaplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Apr 24, Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it Recommends it for: In Siberia was not only a trip across the vast frozen land mass in the company of Colin Thubron, for me it was an evocative text conjuring memories of my childhood. When I was young in the s I know I am so old and it was so long ago my Dad worked in Siberia.
Between and he would disappear for months at a time into the unimaginable vastness of Siberia. In those days there was limited mobile phone technology and no email.
GPS was a military thing, not something for civilians. So In Siberia was not only a trip across the vast frozen land mass in the company of Colin Thubron, for me it was an evocative text conjuring memories of my childhood. So where was he? When he returned he usually brought people with him. Russians and Siberians who worked in the medical profession and so dinner times were peppered with Russian dialogue and strange food.
Inky black beluga caviare, sunset orange balls of Salmon caviare which popped like eyeballs when you bit into them, pickles, salted goods and vodka. The most memorable bottle was shaped like a war head with glassy body and blood red nose-cone. Appropriately it was called “bomb vodka”. Thubron’s books brought back all the names of my Father’s travels.
Omsk, Magadan, the Sea of Okhosk, Lake Baikal, Novosibirsk, Novokuznetsk were place names that formed a common part of my child hood vocabulary. I read this book with interest as I have already experienced this world through one man’s eyes and his descriptions and now Thubron provided me with yet another view.
Both accounts agree on one key issue – the vastness. How can you describe one sixth of the worlds landmass?
When you are in it you cannot see the borders or the ends of it and so it seems no larger than any other outdoor space you can experience in the UK or America. Yet you can sense it because the people are defined by their isolation and the rawness of the landscape.
In a landscape where millions were sent as punishment with thoughts that they would never return, the people who live there by choice represent dignity and resilience in the face of political, financial and geographical adversity. Thubron’s fluency in Russian and his ability to blend in provide him with the advantage of a shared language which means that people opened up to him. He carefully relays their opinions, describes cultures and social groups not always impartially but what travel writer can be impartial when they are so immersed in their subject matter?
From politics to the border control, poverty to archaeology and communism to shamanism, Thubron has a good long look at the Siberia shaped, or sometimes carved and butchered by the rise and fall of Communism.
The closest I got to experiencing this country first hand was the smell of wood smoke and shashlik on my Dads impressive Russian fur hat and holding the Whale bone earrings from a trader at the Sea of Okhosk and the piece of Woolly Mammoth tusk retrieved during a mining operation in Magadan. Nesting dolls and lacquer boxes smelling of pine are the closest I’ve got to the Taiga but thanks to Thubron’s book I feel like I’ve gotten another glimpse of a world which I never visited but which shaped my childhood.
I still hope to go to Magadan one day to see a city made beautiful by death. View all 8 comments. May 04, David rated it it was ok Shelves: And so Siberia seems really boring. Colin gets involved in religions, goes to underfunded museums and archeological sites, and visits prison camps and mines where thousands died.
Someone mentions a festival; that Jewish-town-that’s-no-longer-Jewish was having a concert. I also thought he could have talked to a few of the Chinese thubroh.
They may not be Siberian, but they are there. But perhaps they were having too much of a good time for Colin? View all 3 comments.
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Jan 14, Jane rated it it was amazing. To you Russophiles out there: To those of you out there with any interest in Russia at all, or with an interest in traveling to remote lands, I recommend this book to you as well. His descriptions of the vast, desolate beauty of the Siberian countryside far outdid anything I produced. At the head of the pass, and at springs along the way, the pine trees were dripping with rags in honor of the spirits. Spirits infected the waters and peaks of all this country.
Neither Christianity nor Communism had dislodged them. They were too pervasive, and too old. The rags shivered in the pines — requests, tributes — and the river-beds glistened with coins. Here and there hundred-ruble notes caught among the stones, pulled free again, floated away.
He mentioned the island briefly, in regards to his trip past it by boat as he crossed Lake Baikal: By noon the far shore has misted away, and as the hydrofoil enters the channel between the western bank and the long, volcanic island of Olkhon, you are sailing over silk.
It is the last voyage of the year, and the boat seems almost empty. The island is bitter and rainless: Aiberia Evenk knew that the sea god Dianda lived there, and the Buryats peopled it with an evil spirit, the voice of its seismic groaning. The shores are unloosened even here, without rock or weed, and leak out only a salt or mineral trickle.
To me, Olkhon was definitely worthy of more exploration, both physically and with the written word. However, given the sheer vastness of Siberia, I can forgive Thubron for not stopping at every possible destination. I also found myself wondering about the ease with which Thubron traveled throughout Siberia.
At every stop one encounters bureaucratic hoops through which one must jump in order to do just about anything i. It also helps exponentially to be able to speak Russian.
While South Koreans are generally very helpful to non-Korean-speaking foreigners, Russians especially those who work in places — such as ticket-selling offices — who frequently come into contact with tourists tend to range from brusque to unhelpful Thubron obviously speaks Russian well or, despite the fact that he claimed to be traveling alone, he had an interpreter — one or the otherand I wish he had mentioned how he had learned Russian, and why.
The further I delved into his work, the more I began to wonder about him. Thubron wandered into many cities, towns and villages across Siberia — often seemingly at the spur of the moment — without any reservations, plans, or ideas as to where he might stay the night.
Granted, these little nit-picky details do not in any way detract from the beauty of this work Jul 18, Gina rated it liked it. I now have an established pattern with Thubron.
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I get really jazzed thubfon read his book, mostly based on the locations he visits. Then I start the book and think, “This man is a genius, but I would never want to actually travel with him. I finish the book and give it three stars, not four, because he casts a pall of pessimism so heavy that it affects my mood when I’m not even reading. Then, a few months later, I now have an established pattern with Thubron.
Then, a few months later, after I’ve lived with and settled into my memories of the book and realize how much I learned and how evocative jn writing is, I go back and switch it wiberia four stars.
I expect the same siberiaa happen here. Jan 19, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: From BBC radio 4 Extra: The soul of Siberia described through its buildings, people and amazing quirks of nature. Read by John Rowe. Episode 2 of 10 North of the Arctic Circle, the author visits the mines, graveyards, camps and an year-old survivor.
Episode 3 of 10 Omsk, where Fyodor Dostoevsky languished in a wooden prison for four years condemned to hard labour. Thubrn 4 of 10 Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia, and a visit to Akademgorodok, once the brain of Russia. Episode 5 of 10 The author travels to the stunning Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest lake in the world.
Episode 6 of 10 ‘Weeks of visual deprivation turned Irkutsk glamorous. Episode 7 of 10 On route to Albazin, the author reaches the Amur, the tenth longest oclin in the world.