Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Book Review: The Ancient Tea Horse Road

Genre:  Biographies & Memoirs
Author: Jeff Fuchs 
Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars

What could be better than an adventure book that combines Tibet, Tea, and Caravans?

"The twelve-hundred-year-old Tea Horse Road is a four-thousand-kilometer path that was once one of the ancient world's most important trade routes. Since the seventh century, multeers known as lados have navigated this perilous path to trade tea from China to Tibet, Nepal, and India.
Over seven grueling months, battling frostbite, snow blindness, and hunger, author and photographer Jeff Fuchs followed traditional multeers along this ..."
Okay, that is enough from the fly leaf because it is all bullshit. Fuchs didn't get frostbite, he didn't have snow blindness and he didn't follow traditional multeers. A member of his vagabond group had those issues at one point in this misguided trip but not Fuchs and this 'trip' did not last 7 months. Furthermore, Fuchs was following the trail to find lados in villages (since all of them are old men now) who could tell of their experiences.

This could have been a great book. It just never delivered and an editor worth his salt would never have allowed it to be published.

Don't be fooled. This is a book to avoid.

(Originally posted on July 15, 2008)

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