The Desert Road to Turkestan
In inner Mongolia in 1927, when travel by rail had basically eclipsed the original camel caravan, Owen Lattimore embarked on the journey that could establish him as a legendary leader and adventurer among Asian scholars. THE DESERT ROAD TO TURKESTAN is Lattimore's elegant and spirited account of his harrowing expedition over the famous "Winding Road."
Setting off to rejoin his wife for his or her honeymoon in Chinese Turkestan, Lattimore was forced to cope with marauding troops, too little maps, scheming travel companions, and blinding blizzard. Luckily he previously with him not only his father's retainer, Moses, but a team of camel pullers and Chinese traders he previously assembled to teach him the ropes about their mysterious and today extinct life-style.
Lattimore's gifts as a linguist and his impressive powers of observation lend his chronicle an immediacy and force that has lost now of its impact in the decades since its original publication.