The Road to Samarcand: An Adventure

Patrick O'Brian


O'Brian's richly instructed experience saga, with its muscular prose, supple discussion and interesting characters, packs a pleasant old-school punch." --Publishers Weekly

This tale starts off the place Patrick O'Brian's dedicated fanatics would wish it to, with a sloop within the South China Sea slightly surviving a killer storm. The time is the Thirties and the protagonist a teenaged American boy whose missionary mom and dad have simply died. within the corporation of his tough seafaring uncle and an aged English cousin, an eminent archaeologist, Derrick units off looking for historic treasures in imperative Asia.

Along the way in which they come across a charismatic chinese language bandit and a number of undesirable characters, together with Russian brokers fomenting unrest. The narrative touches on magnificent matters: astronomy, oriental philosophy, the proper identity of old Han bronzes, and a few very neighborhood food. It leads to an ice-bound valley, with the social gathering stuck among adverse Red-Hat clergymen and the good Silent Ones, the Tibetan designation for the yeti.

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