Danziger's Travels: Beyond Forbidden Frontiers

This graphic account of Nick Danziger s hair raising adventures during an eighteen month journey beyond forbidden frontiers in Asia has an unforgettable impact Traveling with minimal equipment, mostly clandestinely, without visas and in disguise as an itinerant Muslim, Danziger became a legend long before reaching Peking in June 1985 His journey on foot or using local trThis graphic account of Nick Danziger s hair raising adventures during an eighteen month journey beyond forbidden frontiers in Asia has an unforgettable impact Traveling with minimal equipment, mostly clandestinely, without visas and in disguise as an itinerant Muslim, Danziger became a legend long before reaching Peking in June 1985 His journey on foot or using local transport horse, camel, donkey cart, tractor, and truck cost him less than 1500 in all Living and traveling with local people and pitting his wits against officialdom, he broke barriers and crossed boundaries of all kinds With engaging humor and a great zest for life, he describes encounters with Iranian fundamentalists, Afghan mujahedeen, Uighur peasants, Tibetan lamas, and Chinese Communist Party memebers In these days of tourism, Danziger s Travels is an exceptional travel book in every way.
Danziger s Travels Beyond Forbidden Frontiers This graphic account of Nick Danziger s hair raising adventures during an eighteen month journey beyond forbidden frontiers in Asia has an unforgettable impact Traveling with minimal equipment mostly

  • Title: Danziger's Travels: Beyond Forbidden Frontiers
  • Author: Nick Danziger
  • ISBN: 9780679739944
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. I read this because it languished on my shelf for so long that the spine, originally a deep crimson red has faded away to a greyish yellow due to exposure to the sun. If the irreversible organic decay of a book before your very eyes is not a strong enough sign that a book has been on your shelf for too long then i'm not sure what is. Therefore in a bid to see this book go off and have its own adventure (via bookcrossing - sign up you'll bloody love it!), I pulled it off the shelf and it travelle [...]

    2. Fantastic, brilliant and courageous travel writing. Nick follows his romantic travel urges with single minded devotion which has to be rare trait in the world of today. Choosing to traverse through the Russian war in Afghanistan was a truly remarkable endeavour. I also highly enjoyed his travels among the Ughairs in China, about whom little literature is available. Very enjoyable and entertaining read indeed.

    3. A pretty incredible (if true?) travel saga of a young UK artist who gets a grant to travel the "silk road" via land in 1983-1985. So he does. There are some very interesting behind the scenes parts in Herat hanging with the mujaheddin and he describes the horrific conditions of being an "insurgent" or in this case a freedom fighter fighting the USSR, when the MiGs come in to bomb some donkeys, women and freedom fighters. Hells bells, there are a ton of stories in this book, as you can imagine tr [...]

    4. this guy is one of those intrepid travelers that might have crossed the border between fearless and not right in the head. he traveled the silk road from istanbul to beijing, crossing border after border illegally without a visa. the place where he most impressively demonstrated his disregard for reality was afghanistan, which he traversed in the middle of the extremely bloody war between the Soviets and the proto-Taliban.

    5. While i'll admit I found some of later chapters dealing with the travel through China a little tedious feeling too much of a travel diary rather than an adventure/anthropological study, the 'core' of the book dealing with journey through Afghanistan, Pakistan and the crossing of the Chinese border into Tashkurgan was absolutely gripping. I'd recommend this to anyone with an interest in Central South Asian culture & politics. This along with Elliot's 'An unexpected light' set in the aftermath [...]

    6. It was a treat to read Danziger's adventures in the region specially Afghanistan. Writing about the resistance used to be pretty popular among the western authors in 80s. But reading from someone who spent some time with the Mujahideen while not amongst them but part of them really gives an interesting insight.Apart from Afghanistan thingie, the way he overcame the difficulties in completing his "Mission silk route" really gives one the inspiration that if you have faith and decide to make your [...]

    7. This book sat on the top shelf of my bookcase for many, many years. I didn't want to read it as I feared it would have me yearning again for my backpacking days around Asia decades ago. That said, I never went into a 'live' war zone like Danziger but the general hardships of life on the road on a tight budget were pretty similar. It delivers a fascinating insight into the 'ordinary' people in the Middle East and especially Afghanistan, that war-blighted country in a time when the Soviets were [...]

    8. A life-changing read this one was. On my own stick in a backpackers in a Swiss ski resort trying to find work but having no luck, only a few days before Christmas and very homesick. Picked this up in the common room bookshelf and finished in in about 4 hours. Inspirational travel book written well before off the beaten track backpacking became fashionable. Sure he's no Thoreaux, as proven by his next book, but his story makes up for the lack of prose. It was another 10 years before I finally sto [...]

    9. A real inspiration to take up the next adventure. And so much I learnt about the lands and people around the SIlk Road. The journey in the book is as old as me, but his urge to travel would never be dated.

    10. Read this book years ago and it came up on my home page here at so I thought I'd add it to my list of read books. This book encouraged me to travel off the beaten path, perhaps not as far off the path as Danzinger but it got me to places I would not have visited had I not read this book.

    11. one of the best adventure travelogues out there. especially interesting is the author's encounter with the mujahadeen fighting the Soviets in 1980s Afghanistan. overall, the author has a good eye for detail and description.

    12. One of the first travelogue books I ever read, and a great read. Nick Danziger writes a compelling story of a world that was in turmoil then and continues to struggle today.

    13. great read and insight into the middle east during the 1980's. Should be read for perspective by anyone going to this part of the world.

    14. I read this in my early twenties and it inspired me to trot all over the globe. His daring comes across in a simple yet captivating account of his adventures.

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