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God what a charming writer As I find when I read Sebald I find that Kapuscinski has a great many of the exact same thoughts that I ve written about but hrases them with an infinitely greater degree of elouence Throughout Kapuscinski alternates between ast and Mommy and Daddy want to F% present ratcheting across countries and continentsI m only calling it travel writing byrocess of elimination Kapuscinski is traveling and that is the sole common thread History art Cold War tensions language and literary criticism all enter into Kapuscinski s formula There s honestly something here for everyone and this is one of the best things I ve read in months This was Ryszard Kapu ci ski s last book written shortly before he died in 2007It is a work of retrospect he isn t writing about recent events or his recent thoughts but writes about his own The Love That Made Mother Teresa past and ties it to a book which inspired him The Histories by HerodotusIt is a book written from aosition of knowledge often about the times where he was far from knowledgeable a young Polish journalist sent from the recently opened East to India a The Cat and Shakespeare place he had no former knowledge of and similarly to China where he was no longer welcome due to aolitical change which occurred the day he arrived although the Chinese left him to work this outHe was given a copy of Herodotus newly translated into Polish book as a gift on the eve of his first departure from Poland and it was a travelling MAFALDA Y EL AJEDREZ partner for him over the years and as well as analysis of the book and drawing inspiration for his reportage he feels an affinity with the authorThe writing is a combination of his experiences albeit a short version of most in India China and Africa amongst otherlaces and his retelling or examination of The Histories where he draws comparison and takes lessons from the writing of HerodotusAs other reviews La fuente de la edad point out the writing is at times a little self indulgent but some of the anecdotes are wonderfully written and some of theoints are God Gave Us You poignant enough to overcome thisI have only read one excerpt book of Kapu ci ski s before The Cobra s Heart and enjoyed that a lot 5 stars I will be keeping an eye out for of his workFor this book 4 Stars for me Stumbled across this one at my favorite online used bookseller a couple of months ago The idea of a young man in Poland of the 1950 s becoming a foreign correspondent appealed to me what would he think about everything he saw From such a sheltered society to the wide world imagine that And then to have the responsibility of making sense of whatever activities he witnessed sending reports back to Poland so othereople could have a glimpse of life beyond the border What an exciting and yet intimidating ideaWe meet our author while he is at university in 1951 After graduation he became what you might call a cub reporter at a newspaper One day when his editor asked him about his Big Bad Bruce plans for the future he spoke first about little workrojects then happened to say that someday he hoped to go abroad And a year later she sent him to India with a bon voyage Girl in Translation present of a copy of The Histories of Herodotus This began his relationship with the ancient Greek and throughout this book we learn how this seemingly simple gift influenced his life helped to shape this man who became a world citizen It was fascinating and made me eager not only to read Herodotus myself but also of RK s work And forget about the budget I have alreadylaced my order lolOf many wonderful Fear Not the Fall/Fannie Lou Hamer passages to uote my favorite is this one I think Ryszard recognized a soul brother because he came across in this book the very way he described Herodotus The man who ceases to be astonished is hollowossessed of an extinguished heart If he believes that everything has already happened that he has seen it all then something most The Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius precious has died within him the delight in life Herodotus is the antithesis of this spirit A vivacious fascinated unflagging nomad full oflans ideas theories I know its called Travels with Herodotus but there was too much Herodotus Sometimes here on Goodreads I ll read a review that combines an actual review of the book and a Linux for Beginners personal narrative where the reviewer might tell you a story of how they came upon the book or some experience they had a while ago that hasarallels to the book they are reviewing The strategy has its advantages and it usually at least makes for an entertaining readReading Travels with Herodotus was like reading such a book review about The Histories by Herodotus But much longerRyszard Kapuscinski alternates between telling his story as an upstart young journalist and re telling stories from The Histories Sometimes he even dedicates entire "chapters to summarizing wars and other happenings often directly uoting Herodotus himself "to summarizing wars and other happenings often directly uoting Herodotus himself ages on end Because I have not read Herodotus I found these chapters interesting But if I had read him these chapters would have little meaning Why not just read the original I did feel a little guilty when reading this as if I were reading the cliff notes version of this classic textThe arts about his own experiences were also a little disappointing in that they often didn t add up to much They
WERE ENTERTAINING BUT DIDN T SEEM THAT SIGNIFICANT I entertaining but didn t seem that significant I that he is trying to show us what he learned about journalism through Herodotus but most of these lessons are so basic and simple check your sources try to go behind the story remain objective etc that it is anti climactic Also he often makes the same oints over and over againEven worse I think a lot of what he raises in Herodotus might just be what he wants to see in Herodotus It s The Colors of All the Cattle (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency pretty hard to get a clearicture of how someone reported on events thousands of years ago so I don t blame him for using his imagination in this respect However I don t always buy itFor instance he spends many chapters talking about how Herodotus would check his sources or he would explore the uestions himself through travel or that he wouldn t always believe what his sources said This is based solely on the fact that Herodotus used آنکه گفت آری و آنکه گفت نه phrases such as This is what I heard and nobody I have spoken to claimed to have a definite answer and there is no reliable information to be had about it 104 etcBut after stressing this The Quotable Hitchens from Alcohol to Zionism point many times Kapuscinski goes on to talk about a village that according to Herodotus resorted to strangling almost all their own women in order to win a strategic war Kapuscinski uestions this sentence for two or threeages asking uestions like this must ve been a huge massacre where did they store the bodies what did the women think when they found out the men decided to do this was there a rebellion were there men who didn t want to carry out with the Anos de Hierro plan not verbatim I couldn t find the exact uote But then he says that all Herodotus recorded was And then the women were strangled or something short like that All those details fall to the side Why didn t Herodotus tell us Why weren t these uestions asked in the original Histories What does it say about Herodotus that he just skipped over theseoints Kapuscinski remains silent on this A Hora do Mocho pointAnother exampleHerodotus calculates that this army infantry cavalry and naval crews numbered some five million men He exaggerates of course 198 So here we have Herodotus obviously exaggerating and Kapuscinski is just mentioning it offhand instead of saying OK let s re examine what I said earlier about Herodotus s flawless methods of journalism No he just mentions it as if it s totally OK a minor uibble Of course I don t blame Herodotus he was one of our first recorders of history so kudos to him for at least trying But I found it kind of disingenuous for Kapuscinski to hold Herodotus up as this gold standard and then ignore everything that doesn t fit into his theoryOverall this book was an entertaining and easy read and it exposed me to Herodotus whom I ve never read before so that s definitely a Otoboke Section Chief Vol. 01 plus Even taking into account the book s many flaws it s still generally well written and I m willing to venture out and read another one of his books Description From the master of literary reportage whose acclaimed books include Shah of Shahs The Emperor and The Shadow of the Sun an intimate account of his first youthful forays beyond the Iron CurtainJust out of university in 1955 Kapuscinski told his editor that he d like to go abroad Dreaming no farther than Czechoslovakia the young reporter found himself sent to India Wide eyed and captivated he would discover in those days his life s work to understand and describe the world in its remotest reaches in all its multiplicity From the rituals of sunrise at Persepolis to the incongruity of Louis Armstrongerforming before a stone faced crowd in Khartoum Kapuscinski gives us the non Western world as he first saw it through still virginal Western eyesThe companion on his travels a volume of Herodotus a gift from his first boss Whether in China Poland Iran or the Congo it was the father of history and as Kapuscinski would realize of globalism who helped. უამრავი ლიტერატურული ჯილდოს მფლობელის ორჯერ ნობელის პრემიის ნომინანტის პოლონელი მწერლის და ჟურნალისტის The young correspondent to make sense of events to find the story where it did not obviously exist It is this great forerunner s spirit both supremely worldly and innately Occidental that would continue to whet Kapuscinski s ravenous appetite for discovering the broader world and that has made him our own indispensable companion on any leg of that erpetual journeyOpening Before Herodotus sets out on his travels ascending rocky Turbocharge Your Writing paths sailing a ship over the seas riding on horseback through the wilds of Asia before he happens upon the mistrustful Scythians discovers the wonders of Babylon andlumbs the mysteries of the Nile before he experiences a hundred different Project Liberatio (Project Renovatio Book 2) places and sees a thousand inconceivable things he will appear for a moment in a lecture on ancient Greece which Professor Bie u ska Malowist delivers twice weekly to the first year students in Warsaw University s department of historyThe bestart of this book is where us readers get a glimpse at the times when Kapu ci ski is setting out on his fledgling career Herodotus s opus appeared in the bookstores in 1955 Two years had The Last Thing I Told You passed since Stalin s death The atmosphere became relaxedeople breathed freely Ilya Ehrenburg s novel The Thaw had just appeared its title lending itself to the new epoch just beginning Literature seemed to be everything then People looked to it for the strength to live for guidance for revelation I overheard a conversation in the adjoining room and recognized Mario s voice I would find out later that it was a discussion about how to dress me seeing as how I had arrived sporting fashions la Warsaw Pact 1956 I had a suit of Cheviot wool in sharp gray blue stripes a double breasted jacket with The Human Network protruding angular shoulders and overly long wide trousers with large cuffs I had aale yellow nylon shirt with a green Capture of a Heart plaid tie Finally the shoes massive loafers with thick stiff soles Here he is in his yellow shirtFirst stop Delhi where Kapu ci ski starts to learn English via a secondhand Hemmingwayicked up in a bazaar then a trip to Benares to catch the sunrise from the stepsAt Sealdah train station Culcutta Kapu ci ski encounters The Secret Power Within Your Mortgage poverty and distress that beggars belief They were refugees from a civil war which ended but a few years earlier between Hindus and Muslims a war which saw the birth of independent India and Pakistan and which resulted in hundreds of thousandserhaps millions of dead and many millions of refugees At this Gender in Fiscal Policies point I mentally digess into the thought that it is everyone s duty on this speck of dust in the universe to help other star children in every which way one can and leave the law to deal roundly with any criminalsHyderabadIt is blatantly clear to this reader now and to K back then that he was out of his depth when it came to informative objective reporting at this early stage Later I traveled to Madras and Bangalore to Bombay and Chandigarh In time I grew convinced of the depressing hopelessness of what I had undertaken of the impossibility of knowing and understanding the country in which I found myself India was so immense How can one describe something that is and so it seemed to me without boundaries or end India was my first encounter with otherness the discovery of a new world It was at the same time a great lesson in humility Yes the world teaches humility I returned from this journey embarrassed by my own ignorance at how ill read I was I realized then what now seems obvious a culture would not reveal its mysteries to me at a mere wave of my hand one has torepare oneself thoroughly and at length for such an encounter So K comes home and bones up on English language Herodotus and all things culturally Indian whereupon he is romptly sent to China The result is the same he is so overwhelmed at the vastness of the subject How I would love to go back to that young man as he wrings his hands at his desk back in Poland and whisper in his ear that not one ounce of travelling and research was wasted for in a few years all you will draw upon this broadening of the mind to become one of the world s best known travel journalistsAnd so our intrepid green stick flies to Africa Cairo Khartoum smokes a little ganga for the first time goes to a Satchmo concert then into the Congo all the while reading Herodotus which I now have a burning urge to revisit 5 The Shadow of the Sun 3 Travels with Herodotus4 Imperium The review in the Economist which recommended this book to me is here and their obituary of Kapu ci ski is also available hereI ve recently been categorizing my reading material into fast and slow but after READING KAPU CI SKI S TRAVELS WITH HERODOTUS I Kapu ci ski s Travels with Herodotus I I need to rethink the slow category Fast books are those that ull you along without any effort age turners Slow books are those that take time When I glance at the stack of books waiting their turn on my bedside table sometimes that seems to be a bad thing but it really isn t I like it when a book forces me to ause stare into the middle distance and onder
If I m reading fiction that s one of the ways I I m reading fiction that s one of the ways I the difference between literature and just lain fiction Although not a completely reliable one good science fiction New Perspectives On Criseyde probably makes meonder at least as often and good fantasy sometimes tooBut Travels with Herodotus revealed a Sharon, Lois and Brams Skinnamarink problem with this Its slowness is hidden It would be fairly easy to read this book as one might read an article in some airline s in flight magazine On the face of it this is a memoir of a famous reporter who witnessed some very dramatic events in what we often think of as troubled areas of the world Hisrevious books have taken us behind the scenes of the kind of big news events we might see in the evening news and he is justly famous for showing the human side of those eventsOf course there is the curious inclusion of Herodotus but it would be easy to see this just as a gimmick an unusual device He tells us that Herodotus was the first witness to globalization And that he was not really what we consider a historian today but of a chronicler or even a reporter So That Noble Dream perhaps a clever but ultimately superficial connectionBut Kapu ci ski is writing a book that also works at a deeper level He doesn t reuire the reader to read at that level though and it is conceivable that he isn t even aware of it However he coyly makes theoint on The Shadows I Followed page 219 one must read Herodotus s book and every great book repeatedly with each reading it will reveal another layerreviously overlooked themes images and meanings For within every great book there are several others Kapu ci ski undoubtedly suspected this would be his last book and it seems likely he wanted this to be a great book literally his magnum opus In this context Herodotus has a further role to Japanese Etiquette play to show how little has changed for the individual when great events crash in like a breaking wave or seep in like a rising floodWhen looking for the subtext here one can never be certain it is there at all It isn t as though there s a great white whale that is symbolic of something When Kapu ci ski is telling us a story about Herodotus sometimes if youause and consider what Kapu ci ski was living through at the time The Cowboy and His Baby parallels creep in Or the link might be to thelace not the timeJust one example near the end of the book Kapu ci ski is in Algiers discussing the clash between east and west between Islam and Christianity between the tolerant Islam of the merchants and traders and the xenophobic faith of the shepherds and nomads of the desert Then in the next chapter on Secure Location page 232 he tells us he is now in the Eastern Mediterranean and conveys Herodotus s record of the despair of a warrior about to die in a superfluous battle between east and west and knowing how useless his death will be There s no terribleain a man can endure than to see clearly and be able to do nothing As I m reading this the region is yet again in the headlines with blood being shed in the chronic conflict Sadly reviewing this a decade later it is tragic that those headlines appear to be The Everyday Witch (Beatrice Bailey, perennial Perhaps it is just a coincidence that this anecdote is told while the author is in this area but I m fairly sure the author deserves a lot credit than thatBut there isn t always a connection sometimes the biggericture is the oint Herodotus was exploring a world that no one had yet documented And Kapu ci ski s first explorations are eually naive his first visits to India and China have an almost Kafka esue surrealness in his lack of any knowledge of his surroundingsWhat Travels with Herodotus reminded me of oddly was Proust s Remembrance of Things Past Both books can be read at a superficial level as mere stories of what happened as recorded on the age But to a modern reader these books read in this way will be slow dull things Pedestrian uotidian and disappointingWhich gets back to the distinction among slow books Some are slow but still do the work for you still draw you back into a Reign of Ash (The Chosen plot that is inexorably moving forward War and Peace for example or Jude the. ?იშარდ კაპუშცინკის წიგნი დააინტერესებს ყველა მკითხველს რომელსაც დროში მოგზაურობა იტაცებს ავტორი ახალი თვ?. ObscureBut Kapu ci ski s memoir like Proust s isn t so yielding of its secrets There are two old men here neither of which was interested in the ephemeral and whose stories told in conjunction have a depth like layers of shellac that goes beyond the shiny surface of the written text You ll have to decide on your own when toause and reflect when to recall what you know of history of geography of the cultures that might illuminate or be illuminated by the story If you simply turn the Bred by the Beastmen (Bred by the Beastmen page without asking you ll only get theassive storyThis is not a book for the impatient reader Curiosity about humanity Fline en Lingerie permeates this book an interweaving of memoir readings and reflection Listening recording acute observation inuiring wanting to understand what was happening in theresent and the Surface past drove both Herodotus and Kapu ci ski 2500 years apart Ryszard Kapu ci ski s career as a Polish reporterosted in foreign countries began in India followed by China then Africa India was his first encounter with otherness the experience of a different world It was then he realized that cultures don t easily reveal their mysteries one has to repare oneself thoroughly and at length for such encounters A colleague gave him Herodotus to take with him on his first journey the beginning of a life long companionshipIn India Kapu ci ski was cast into deep water didn t want to drown realized that only language could save him and started to think about how Herodotus wandering the world had dealt with foreign languages In Herodotus world Greek was widely spoken Now it was English and Kapu ci ski set out to learn it using Hemingway an 1816 guide to Hindu manners and customs street signs anything to develop the language He realized that he was only seeing and remembering things for which he knew the names and that the words I knew the richer the fuller and variegated would be the world that opened before me and which I could capture He recounts his difficulties as a young man raised in the spirit of brotherhood and individual euality appalled by servitude of any sort coming to grips with India where emaciated men waited to carry him in rickshaws and where sewing on a shirt button would be to deprive someone of a jobAfter a brief return to Poland his next assignment was to China where the brief eriod of openness between the Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom campaign and The Great Leap Forward froze over very rapidly and his activities were tightly circumscribed China s walls led him to reflectA wall The No-Spend Challenge Guide: How to Stop Spending Money Impulsively, Pay off Debt Fast, Make Your Finances Fit Your Dreams protects against outsiders and helps control those inside It is simultaneously a shield and a trap a veil and a cage Its worst aspect is to turn so manyeople into its defenders and The Scot produce a mental attitude that sees a wall running through everything imagines the world as being divided into an evil and inferiorart on the outside and a good and superior Spring Snow part on the inside A keeper of the wall need not be in closeroximity to it he can be far away and it is enough that he carry within himself its image and The Greatest Victory pledge allegiance to the logicalrinciples that the wall dictatesWith each Second Chance Pass (Virgin River, passing day I thought of the Great Wall and as the Great Metaphor59 61 Daunted by the mighty Asian civilisations he knew he could barely begin to understand Africa began to draw his attention Africa was fragmentary differentiated miniaturized by its multiplicity and thus graspable approachable In Africa he begins to realise the importance of developing an understanding of what underlies catastrophe and destruction not just to report the moments of explosion He began to reach out and talk to Fates Monolith (MacLomain, people to observe to read to use the Herodotus model traveling and experiencing what he couldKapu ci ski connects his readings of Herodotus to his own career how did Herodotus conduct his enuiries What sources did he use How would he have traveled who would he have talked to where did he tell his stories who was the audience He sees Herodotus as the first to realise the world s essential multiplicity which came as a gradual learningrocess for Kapu ci ski Herodotus is a story teller who knows the rules of the market At the Wolfs Table place includes a bit of spice He is endlessly curious like Kapu ci ski himself Why are things different fromlace to A Family Scandal place Where do beliefs eg in gods come from Herodotus had a mightyurpose to Ruthless Game (GhostWalkers, prevent the traces of human events from being erased by time and toreserve the fame of the important and remarkable achievements The Perfect Weapon produced by both Greeks and non Greeksinarticular the cause of the hostilities between Greeks and non Greeks Psychic Protection p74 Why is the world split between East and West Why do the two worlds fight each other unto the deathThe first crime is the abduction of a woman Revenge abductions raids murders theft and war Cycles of crime andunishment injustice and revenge follow each other and humiliated กระต่ายในเงาจันทร์ people will subsist on dreams of revenge As it is in relations between individuals so it is between nations Whoever starts a war and therefore in Herodotus opinion commits a crime will be revenged upon andunished be it immediately or after the Employment Law Cases and Materials passage of time This relation this inexorableairing is the very essence of fate the meaning of irreversible destiny in this ancient worldExtracts from Herodotus appear throughout *The Book Kapu Ci Ski Both Retells *book Kapu ci ski both retells narrative of the Greco Persian wars and interrogates it For instance he asks how could the Babylonian men decide to strangle all women except one in their households to conserve supplies during a siege Which men decided Who did the killing Did the men kill the women in their own families Their daughters The women would have known what was to happen The children And after Babylon s eventual fall Darius orders that 50000 women from nearby What Would Pacifists Have Done about Hitler? a Discussion of War, Dictators and Pacifism peoples be gathered into the city to rebuild theopulation All related without remark by Herodotus but Kapu ci ski is and we are appalled Kapu ci ski regards them both as reporters Who Depend On Encounters depend on encounters other A Place to Call Home (Front Porch Promises people reportage iserhaps the form of writing most reliant on the collective The Hot Kid (Carl Webster, p177 In Herodotus time there was no other form of communication but directersonal contact a culture of oral transmission relying heavily on memory He knows memory is fragile unreliable but collects is open about uncertainties tells a good story even when he knows it s fantasy for instance about the Neurians ability to turn themselves into wolves Personally I do not believe this but they make the claim despite its implausibility and even swear that they are telling the truth Inuiring into the Healing After a Loss present and theast relating what sources tell you even if you doubt what they say recognizing diverse viewpoints seeking the truth in so far as it can be known these are connections that Kapu ci ski regards as the greatest legacy of Herodotus values and sought in his own work Travels with HerodotusWhat an amazing journey that was 3 I enjoyed this i loved this and i hoped it would never end I wanted of itThis book was really interesting Its structure was beautiful following two stories One was Herodotus trek
To The Lenghts Of That Era S the lenghts of that era s and the actual author s journey as a reporter and a war correspondent in this era s world Some Jefferson Davis Inaugural Address parts of the book are autobiographical And so so vivid He only gives us small glimpses of thelaces he visited but he does it in such an expressive way He was in India at first I felt i smelled i could see India in front of me I travelled with him Then he was sent to China The same feeling that i was there with him strolling on the Great Wall What i really liked about it is that he is not trying to analyze Herodotus It s of a Raintree (Raintree, process of externalization of his inner thoughts and feelings about him Seeking answers about him as aerson as a human being And at some One Night Is Never Enough (Secrets, points he isresenting to us Heiress in Regency Society parts of the Greek Historian s work When he does that his narrative is flat like it should be His main goal is to give us Herodotus and his stories and the author is just there in the cornerossessing elegance and discreteness He is there just to Rescued by Mr. Right pass the stories to us He is not therotagonist the La nostalgie des origines protagonist is Herodotus He knows when to give us much and he knows when to give us less He is letting the substance of the story to be the story itself and not him or his writing style He knows when to give us something of his He is granting us with exactly what we need when we need it He has the capacity to move fromresent to Golf for Enlightenment past and vice versa without affecting the flow of his narrative I mean i travelled from the battles of the Persian Empire to the coup in Algeria That was just amazing and awesome and i highly recommend D I will defintely read of Mr Kapu ci ski in the future for sure D This isart exegesis of The Histories and True Liars part memoir of the author s own experiences as he traveled to thelaces Herodotus visited and wrote about Kapu ci ski always carried a copy of Herodotus with him and it s interesting to get his views of Egypt or Lybia or Persia or Scythia than 2400 years after those of the Father of history. ??ლით დაგანახვებთ იმ ადგილებს სადაც ოდესღაც ძლევამოსილი მეფეები და იმპერატორები მსოფლიოს ბედს განაგებდნენ. .