Apples Are from Kazakhstan: The Land That Disappeared

Apples Are from Kazakhstan: The Land That Disappeared

Closed to foreigners under Tsar and Soviet rule, Kazakhstan has remained largely hidden from the world, a remarkable feat for a country the size of Western Europe. Few would guess that Kazakhstan—a blank in Westerners' collective geography—turns out to be diverse, tolerant, and surprisingly modern, the country that gave the world apples, trousers, and even, perhaps, King Arthur.

Christopher Robbins enjoyed unprecedented access to the Kazakh president while crafting this travelogue, and he relates a story by turns hilarious and grim. He finds Eminem-worship by a shrinking Aral Sea, hears the Kazakh John Lennon play in a dusty desert town, joins nomads hunting eagles, eats boiled sheep's head (a delicacy), and explores some of the most beautiful, unspoiled places on earth. Observant and culturally attuned, Robbins is a master stylist in the tradition of travel writing as literature, a companion to V. S. Naipaul and Paul Theroux.

Title:Apples Are from Kazakhstan: The Land That Disappeared
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780977743384
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  • Karen

    Part travel diary, story book, and history text--an engaging look at a country that unfortunately is only known in the west because of the idiotic Borat of recent years. The author spent considerable ...

  • Sara

    Now I want to visit Kazakhstan.This book is a lovingly-written, extensively researched ode to a little-known and much-mocked nation. The author, aside from traveling to the remotest parts of this alre...

  • David

    On a flight from London to Moscow, Christopher Robbins sat next to a man traveling from Georgia to Kazakhstan to start a new life with a woman he met over the Internet. As they left the plane, the man...

  • Meaghan

    This was an absolutely scrumptious travelogue/history book, chock-full of interesting tidbits and trivia. The author not only traveled basically all over Kazakhstan, but he also wrote about its histor...

  • Lisa

    I knew nothing about Kazakhstan before picking up this book and now I feel like a mini-expert. This book is about Robbins' personal travels and experiences in Kazakhstan, along with some history and p...

  • Deanne

    Now feel I have to get my passport sorted out and take a trip to Kazakhstan, lots of things to see and people to meet....

  • Sophie

    A very interesting book about Kazakhstan, who definitely is a very interesting country! I liked that it wasn't a history book, but that it spun the country's story and culture around anecdotes from th...

  • Pat

    This is a good travel book in that it makes you want to go and visit Kazakhstan. However, it's not your usual tourist book. There is a lot of history - both older (dating back to the Mongols from whom...

  • GeorgeMarshall

    The disturbing aspect of this book is its unapologetic hagiography of Kazakhstan's dictatorship and one party state. Even more disturbing is that virtually none of the Goodreads or wider media reviewe...

  • Christina

    Liked what I read so far, especially since I knew nothing about Kazakhstan. (But I did know apples are from Kazakhstan!!! Thanks, MP!) Anyway, now I know slightly more about Kazakhstan, like that the ...