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F relationships mildly curious about Chaffetz home At the end of the book Chaffetz recounts a conversation he had with an Afghan who called him They talked of this and that Chaffetz offered an invitation that he no doubt knew would be declined as it was At the end the Afghan explained why he had called I don t want anything Just to talk I will call you again so we can talk and remind one another how Afghanistan used to be when you travelled here That declaration is sad enough but the even greater sorrow the publication date of my edition is 1984 while the mujahedeen were still ighting against the Russians before they were successful and then turned their guns on each other only to lose most of the country to the Taliban is just how much arther Afghanistan had yet to go how much its people had yet to endure. E story told in vivid descriptive prose of his experience an account that reveals about the Afghan people themselves than most books written either before or sin.
A nearly orgotten shrine eeding them and their horses riding or days to make sure they reach the next outpost in an unforgiving countryside Unforgiving perhaps underestimates the case this is brutal terrain cold dusty plains broken by mountains There is not even a hint that the Afghans were on the verge of tearing each other to pieces Granted Chaffetz travelled through and around the city of Herat influenced by Iran at that time still ruled by the Shah and proud of the mosue built by ueen Gawharshad Chaffetz reportage does not spare his own occasional lack of grace He chronicles being cheated when purchasing clothes or a horse and recounts how his Afghan companion occasionally chides him The Color of Law (Scott Fenney for rudeness Chaffetz captures how different Afghan discourse isrom the West s much concerned with the preservation Es of the Afghan people setting out by car and on horseback or a long journey through the northwestern uarter of the country A Journey through Afghanistan is th.
In the late seventies David Chaffetz travelled through a country that no longer exists Afghanistan Not that there is not a country by that name but the Afghanistan that Chaffetz visited riding a horse between dusty towns and their teahouses entertained by the local landowners drinking tea and conversing with shrine keepers impoverished teachers and military men has in the meantime been savaged by than three decades of war and a recovery that has been uneven at best In his telling this poverty stricken territory was almost unfailingly hospitable if occasionally suspicious of this oreigner even when he insisted on riding into a blizzard or insulted his hosts unwittingly by Swamplandia! following Western customs and discourse instead of Afghan ones But the Afghans were courteous peaceful whether showing the visitors around. Shortly before the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan David Chaffetz slippedrom the protection of Western culture and immersed himself in the customs ears and hop.