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I am a big fan of Tahir Shah, and I mean with all respect, that this book reads as an early work. It had the same excellent content, unusual interactions with interesting people, and quirky expansions of reality (yeah, some stretching of reason and massaging of belief is occasionally required), but it lacked the flow and polish of Tahir Shah's more recent works.For me, from the very beginning, this book seemed more like a story shoe-horned into an overarching concept, rather than a realistic con...
A travelling take What a tale this was. Written in the mid 1990s it reminded me of my own adventures. Tahir is able to capture the moment so perfectly . His bravery in exploring experience as well as scenery is the adventure .
When I first read, and thoroughly enjoyed, ‘Beyond the Devil’s Teeth,’ just after it was first published, I assumed it was a straightforward account of a long and arduous, surprise generating journey through Gondwanaland, the super-continent which existed when India, Africa and South America were joined. Eighteen years later, I am more aware of Tahir Shah’s extraordinary powers of observation; of the incredible imagination which allows him to create works which are finely balanced between fact a...
Aug 29th 2018.......Page 57... old printed edition.'Another week passed and I asked Prideep and Osman to try and find out if there was a town hall in Bombay. They both thought however that it was totally logical to be taken to the control tower of an airport when asking for the main building of public affairs. I began to get to grips with the fact that it might be me who was going insane......''Do I look cuckoo to you Vinod?''Sahib you not a cloo-koo.'And so it goes on... but Tahir Shah is mad i...
Talented writer with a fantastic ability to describe place and people. A shame it's so overdone with just unbelievable bullshit. Why one asks, when it's sooo unnecessary to his story? One reviewer spoke of the need for a "suspension of belief" to enjoy his stories fully. For me, I prefer my travel literature and non-fiction rather more accurate and truthful. Paul Theroux speaks of his bullshit detector becoming ever more finely calibrated as he aged. Well , with this book, all the alarm bells a
I love anything written by Tahir Shah. He's a fantastic traveler, visiting places and hotels never mentioned in the tour guides for good reason and meeting the oddest people. As though the stories aren't strange and fascinating in themselves, his writing is spot-on funny. Try one of his books, any one, and you'll become addicted as I have.
One of the first book I read by Shah.