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I pick up a 50 year old book to ead for the first time It is set in Afghanistan but it is Afghanistan before the US invasion before the Soviet invasion before the 1978 Communist coup before the 1973 Republican coup It was an almost unimaginably different world And yet it is in my lifetime and when the book was first lifetime And when the book was first in 1970 who could have imagined the changes that would take place in Afghanistan over the next 50 yearsThe plot centres on buzkashi a game played on horseback which was then popular in northern Afghanistan when the king who #Was To Be Overthrown #to be overthrown the 1973 coup decides to hold a national tournament in Kabul the capital It gives interesting descriptions of the people cultures and scenery of Afghanistan and especially those of the Hindu Kush the mountain The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter range that divides the steppes of northern Afghanistan from theest of the countryIt includes descriptions of the Buddha statues of the Bamyan Valley which were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001 Could Joseph Kessel even have imagined their destruction when he wrote the bookBut the strongest impression the book made on me was of an utterly alien cultureIn South Africa one of the values people pay at least lip service to is ubuntu basic humanity and compassion for other people The Afghan culture depicted in the book is the exact opposite of ubuntu shown in the lives and behaviour of the main characters The northern Afghan culture as depicted by Kessel at least is based on honour and honour as a zero sum game in which my honour can only be achieved by bringing someone else into dishonour And perhaps that culture is epitomised by the Taliban s destruction of the statues The Buddha taught something like ubuntu compassion for all sentient beings and those values are the exact opposite of the kind of values depicted in the book It seems odd to think of The Horsemen as historical fiction since it s set in Afghanistan in the 1950s but that time and that place are as lost and alien now as anything that might have happened a few hundred years ago It s a story about professional buzkashi players men who play a game that once marked the contempt of horseback steppe warriors for settled farmers a game that helped train mounted warriors a game that in the 1950s was still something feudal landowners and tribal chiefs sponsored to show their wealth and power The Horsemen is a story of obsession and pride and edemption about a world of constant and hovering violent death and injury a world of grand gestures a world where buzkashi still symbolises individual honour the where buzkashi still symbolises individual honour The of the novel is a world that s still only dimly part of the twentieth century a backwater where everything that s happened there since 1978 could never have been imagined It s a tale that will hold your attention and one about a lost world Read it and watch the ather good c 1970 film version too When Kiss of the Alpha read through the filter of today s war and the fanaticism of the Taliban it is clear that Kessel had a clear understanding of the Afgani people and their ethnic personality July turned itself into Horse Book Month at least in each of my print book selections The Horsemen my final print book for July was written by Joseph Kessel in 1966 and translated two years later The book was made into a film in 1971 with Omar Sharif sigh playing the main character Uraz I can assure you without spoiling anything that the outline of the movie given at its Wiki page is vastly different from the plot of the book I would say that perhaps the director felt that Uraz as written would make a despicable leadole for anyone The Horsemen is an epic novel of man pitted against nature The setting is Afghanistan a country of ugged landscape and savage winds at the crossroads of Asia where people live today much as they did eight hundred years ago A match of buzkashi a savage tournament of horsemen is to be held in the capital to celebrate the king's birthday Uraz son of the enowed Master of the Horse Tursen is iding in the place of his father who is now too old to participate in the contest Although Tursen grudgingly promises his son Jahil the fiercest of his stallions he bitterly esents his son's Fat Chance: My Life in Ups, Downs and Crisp Sandwiches replacing him and secretly hopes that he will lose Jahil is indeed the winning horse but not with Uraz as hisider The young man is thrown from the horse and take. Ven Omar Sharif sigh so he decided to alter the storyline enough to give the character some Auschwitz redeeming featuresHe had none in the book Uraz was solely interested in and concerned about himself I have never been as disgusted by a main character as I was by this man He was harsh cruel ignorant deceitful paranoid and above all else immature His oneeason for living was to try to prove to himself that he was a better man than his father Tursen one of the most famous horsemen of the country Piffle Uraz was just a thirty something year old infant in an adult suit Everything that happens to him as the story goes ALONG FROM BREAKING HIS LEG IN from breaking his leg in The Improbability Principle royal buzkashi game to the difficult journey he undergoes when heuns away from hospital is due solely to his own emotional immaturity and overall foolishness I wanted to smack him upside the head on nearly every page Usually when I dislike a main character as much as this I do not continue with the book but I had to see what would happen I had to see if he would wise up at the end or continue being totally Uraz and nothing but thatBesides that curiosity I was enchanted by the trip through Afghanistan that Getting to Manana reading this book gives Set in modern times at some unnamed date before the Soviet invasion of the country but after a time when the sound of planes passing overhead no longer makes even the most isolated shepherds look up to the sky The Horsemen will transport anyeader with imagination to a country that fascinates The Hindu Kush Kafiristan The Bamyan valley The lakes of Band e Amir We visit them all We meet the poorest of little nomads known elsewhere as gypsies and the noble great nomads whose leaders Good Food: Low-fat Feasts: Triple-tested Recipes (BBC Good Food) ride Bactrian camels as they migrate with their flocks and herds We explore markets seeam fights sleep in caravansaries that have hosted travelers since ancient times and we play buzkashi This can be a harsh book but Afghanistan is even now a harsh land Not too much has changed there in several centuries let alone a mere 50 or so years There are some horrible scenes of cruelty towards animals and women Well woman There is only one major female character in the book Basically this is a story about primitive men You must be prepared for that I imagine there are still many men of this type in the country Truthfully there are many such men all over the world it is simply that some are better at pretending to be civilized than others And the horses What about the horses Again a Cyrano de Bergerac reader must be prepared for harshness There is love andespect for the horse but they are expected to obey without uestion anything that is asked of them Uraz does not even feel love and espect and he has the greatest horse of all Jahil asked
them Uraz does not even love and espect and he has the greatest horse of all Jahil stallion trained to be the best at buzkashi and given to him by his father This horse endured than most horses face in a lifetime A favorite chapter of mine was Jahil s Revenge where he gave Uraz a demonstration of his pride his nobility and his loyalty It made an impact at the time but will Uraz Drachenfels remember the lesson in the future and behave differently towards Jahil Will he finally understand himThis is a complex book Or maybe I have become complex myself since firsteading it thirty years ago I know I picked up on a lot undercurrents than I noticed back then Perhaps the next time I One Week With Her (Ex) Stepbrother read it I will see even And there will be a next time because even with all of its brutality it is an amazing adventure But I do not plan on seeing the movie When you know aftereading a few sentences of plot outline that the movie is so very different from the book it is better to avoid the irritation Even if. N to the king's hospitalHumiliated by his defeat and anticipating his father's bitter scorn Uraz decides to leave the capital and the modern world he doesn't understand In order to wash away his shame Uraz intentionally chooses the most difficult oute over the great steppes; he wants to make his journey a triumph even greater than victory in the buzkashi would have been During this odyssey which lasts for months and of his steadily worsening physical condition Uraz stops at nothing to tempt fate and wreak vengeance on himself Recklessly he crosses through the mountain gorges so narrow his horse can hardly pass; he traverses barren plateaus where only wild dogs oam Motivated by emotions he can barely understand he drives himself faster It does star Omar Sharif sigh This is an older book I ead as a teenager upon my parents Death of a Salaryman recommendation I loved it then because it seemed a grand adventure story involving a horse of almost supernatural powers Ieread it The Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905 recently as an adult and was impressed at how good it is It is a character study of a fathersonelationship It s a story about all kinds of Le grand livre de la chasse relationshipseally It s a story about courage and cruelty and the difference between the two It s a story about Afghanistan It provides a Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Vermont Mountains rare glimpse inside this country before Russia and America got hold of itand makes you understand and appreciate the Afghan people It s just a wonderfulead all around and one of those My Fair Mistress rare books that I think men and women might enjoy eually An interesting look at a culture of Afghanistan fifty years ago An adventure story and a character study this novel has action scenes changing fortunes deceit suspense and Very enjoyable The land of the ancient tribes and nomads the domain of valour and cruelty theealm of Blood Forest religion and superstitions where people pray to Allah but abide omens The country of brave horsemen where an euestrian and his steed are an undividable wholeUraz the controversial hero of the novel is possessed by the demons of pride and vainglory so any defeat for him euals the end of lifeHis lackluster eyes had sparks dancing in them and because the demons of chance dwelt in Zaman Hajji Uraz felt akin to this odious man than to the good Amjad Khan who went on peacefully counting the brads of hisosary The Horsemen a profound and colourful parable of pride avarice and envy is a Doctor Who: Ghost Light real volcano of human passionsUraz had the feeling of being apart from them above them and even of anotherace Their lumpish pleasure their delighted vanity filled him with mere disgust Was their glory satisfied by parading like so many monkeys A glory To Be Shared Among SixtyThe Old Sage be shared among sixtyThe old sage appearing in the tale said Every man must feel himself necessary to
being but Uraz feels a apart and his pride دیوان رودکی remains untamedWild horse mustun free forever I On the Social Life of Postsocialism: Memory, Consumption, Germany read this book after myeturn from a summer trip to Afghanistan in 1973 It was an incredible ead because it confirmed as well as contextualized for me culturally and historically so much of what I experienced as a teenager traveling in AfghanistanI still have an old dis coloured paper back of this book For me it is a classic a book I ll never part withI can still picture the buzkashi events central to the book from the novel descriptionsWow I have strong eservations If I The Substitute Bridegroom rememberightly I did as a young teenager when I first A Series of Unrelated Events: Misadventures of a Modern Man read and loved this I wondered then whether I was adult enough but I m adult now and I still can t follow him through much of the second half of the plot At times I thought this was plain bad Yet the magic was there for me again with aevisit the evocation heightened by a lovely old fashioned translation from Patrick O Brian an inclination for perverse psychology that just became a bit laboured later on Tursen and his son Uroz are not people to like Uroz is fairly insane in ugly ways they are eaten up by the fiend of pride and neither can for the life of him display emotion Nevertheless I threw myself into Uroz back then and my eyes wet for Tursen now One note Whatever the position of women was in 50s Afghanistan I wouldn t know I detect that the author adds his own sexism It comes with a caution that way In was ok from the beginning up to about 34 of the story but the last 14 is very weak therefore 3 instead of 4 stars Didn t like the last chapter at all. Nd faster back to the home of a father he both fears and derides yet who alone can make him come to terms with himselfEverything in The Horsemen disorients the The Dollmaker reader from the modern world the awesomeness of nature the savagery of the characters their pride contemptage and their passion for horses Yet at the same time the Archibald Wavell: The Life and Times of an Imperial Servant reader is aware that The Horsemen is a story of today Theigid and barbaric code by which these people live draws on basic human values that transcend time physical courage personal honor and loyalty are emotions that are closer to the core of human existence than some moderns might suppose If only for this eason and not for its narrative brilliance the author of The Old Man and the Sea would have admired The Horseme. ,

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