Through the Heart of Asia; Over the Pamir to India Volume 2

Through the Heart of Asia; Over the Pamir to India Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...and flitting about like phantoms in a cemetery. There is no motion save that of the fine snow driven before the tempestuous wind. Snow, nothing but snow; no vegetation, not enough wood to make a match with. Our only distraction is when a horse falls, or loses his load, or steps out of the path; but at last, after five and a half hours' march, we reach the valley of Ichki, in the basin of the Rang-Kul, and we make for the south-east. At a place called Kamara-Tag by Satti-Kul, who spent his childhood in this region, we take shelter in a grotto at the foot of an overhanging rock; and we are at the extreme end of a valley which descends in a straight line from the north--a perfect desert, as may well be imagined, and quite white. While we are settling into our encampment upon the droppings accumulated by the flocks which have come to this natural shelter, we see to the right an eagle, which has scarcely the strength to fly; and to our left an emaciated crow, which perches above us and begins to croak. Like people who have been for a long time condemned to silence, he is very anxious to enter into conversation with some one; but he can scarcely emit a sound from his throat, which is hoarse from hunger. Satti-Kul is delighted to see the land of his forefathers, who bear the name of the tribe of Ichk, borrowed from this valley, and he vaunts the charms of this grotto. It is the first shelter we have come across for a fortnight, and it will perhaps be the last until we have reached the other slope of the " roof of the world." Satti-Kul smiles, and he is in a very good humour, for he points in the direction of Rang-Kul and says that it is quite close. Thereupon, he begins to fill the lappets of his pelisse with drop ENCAMPMENT AT...
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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236835794
  • 9781236835796