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Oasis interdites [PDF / Epub] ☂ Oasis interdites By Ella Maillart – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Forbidden Journey is the awe inspiring story of Ella Maillart and Peter Fleming's trip from Peking in China to Srinagar in India crossing hostile deserts and high Himalayan passes this travel book is Forbidden Journey is the awe inspiring story of Ella Maillart and Peter Fleming's trip from Peking in China to Srinagar in India crossing hostile deserts and high Himalayan passes this travel book is full of accounts of the people who inhabited this wild and vast land living in a way that had not changed in a thousand years Many of the earliest books particularly those dating back to the s and before are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable high uality modern editions using the original text and artwork.


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  1. BrokenTune BrokenTune says:

    Night was falling when the vast swarm of lights that was Paris appeared in the northSuddenly I understood something I felt now with all the strength of my senses and intelligence that Paris France Europe the White Race were nothing The something that counted in and against all particularisms was the magnificent scheme of things that we call the world Forbidden Journey Maillart's account of the trip that her travel companion Peter Fleming described in his book News from Tartary was a bit of a revelation I learned so much from this book not just about the journey China and the cultures of the Chinese in the 1930s but also about perspectives and how they change or stay the same over time Of course Forbidden Journey describes the same trip from Beijing across China and into India via Kashmir that Fleming's widely known account does Like Fleming's book Forbidden Journey is the record of accomplishment of a trip that very few adventurers have managed to describe to a Western readership since the days of Marco Polo When Maillart set out on her trip in 1935 she soon had to abandon her plans of travelling alone Because of the political upheaval in China at the time Japanese invasion of Manchuria the rise of the Communist army roads were blocked and warrants issued for anyone who did not have the right papers the right connections or the right demeanor It was at this point that Maillart joined forces with Peter Fleming older brother of Ian and political correspondent for The Times who had also planned to follow the Silk Road across China by himself Neither of them wanted to join forces but the alternative for both would have been to abandon the trip Together they could produce enough languages life skills money and passportsvisa to at least leave Beijing and try and by pass the official control posts Forbidden Journey may not be the most elegantly written one of the two books Peter Fleming was evidently a skilled writer than Maillart but Maillart was the diligent observer She was the one that notices things people's dress people's demeanour their circumstances Maillart picked up on nuances of the everyday life that she and Fleming encountered and made time in her book to record them sometimes comment rarely judge And this is the part that makes her book and by reflection Maillart as a person special Maillart did not try to compare the things she sees with other things known to her By that she did not try to validate her observations and experiences against a Western belief system at least not often She rather took in everything she saw and tried to understand it against the background she encountered it in To my recollection the only exception to this where she did comment on something she saw is when she encountered Chinese women who had their feet bound Maillart was upset by this and mentioned it a few times Foot binding was officially banned in 1912 but was still common practice in rural areas into the 1930 But then was Maillart moved by this because she thought it was wrong by European standards or was she upset to see the practice because there had been criticism of the practice throughout China since at least the 1870s? Having read Maillart's other books I have no doubt that her concern was caused by her humanist approach to whatever people she met Anyway I could go on fan girling about Maillart who was an extraordinary person but I shall leave her biography to speak for her What did impress me at the end of the book both books actually were the different outlooks both Maillart and Fleming took away from the tripOn arriving in India both weary travellers sun tanned clad in what can only be described as rags after months of travail by foot camel horseback they checked into a hotel and went to dinner Both had hoped for months for this very moment that they could enjoy a meal prepared by a proper chef and a drink but the enjoyment was somewhat spoilt by the reactions from the other hotel guests Soon after Fleming returned to the UK by the uickest route possible to rejoin society Maillart on the other hand though returning to Europe would make it her life's ambition to never again be part of an exclusive society She did pretty well on that too


  2. Daren Daren says:

    For those who aren’t aware Forbidden Journey by Ella Maillart and News From Tartary by Peter Fleming both describe the same journey at the same time taken together They were somewhat reluctant companions who both expressed their misgivings about undertaking the journey together ”The jokes were flying Somebody observed that Peter’s last book was called One’s Company and the English edition of my last book was Turkestan Solo Now here we were contrary to all our principles going off together”In both Forbidden Journey and News From the Tartary the authors distance themselves from the greatness of their work Fleming goes so far in his Foreword to say “Anyone familiar even vicariously with the regions which he traversed will recognise the inadeuacy of my descriptions of them we were no specialists The world’s stock of knowledge – geographical ethnological meteorological what you will – gained nothing from our journey Nor did we mean that it should Much as we should have liked to justify our existence by bringing back material which would have set the hive of learned men buzzing we were not ualified to do so We measured no skulls we took no readings; we would not have known how We travelled for two reasons only We wanted to find out what was happening in Sinkiang the second was because we believed in the light of previous experience that we should enjoy it It turned out we were right We enjoyed it very much”Both these books were written in a fairy humble self deprecating way something I hadn’t expected from Fleming in particular I had found his One's Company A Journey to China in 1933 written uite pretentiously and I hadn’t enjoyed it much at all News from the Tartary however is not written this way at allBoth books come across as accurately written where one omits detail the other picks detail up but they don’t contradict each other It may be that one author takes from one encounter or one location than the other or one author is involved in the conversation with a certain person and therefore finds to describe At times an even that might take a chapter to explain in one book is bypassed with a sentence in the other book I don’t think anything would be lost from reading only one or other of these books but I enjoyed the novelty of reading them togetherIt is fair to say that the journey was not uniue – it was not the first time this route had been followed but it was the first time for a number of years and it would be a number before it was repeated To say that the journey of Maillart and Fleming was an inspiration for dozens of other intrepid travellers is no exaggerationGreat books I have opted to review them together mainly due to the fact I read them together and can’t really separate them


  3. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    As a classic of travel literature this is good In 1935 Ella Maillart traveled predominantly by donkey horse camel and her own two feet from Peking at that time under Japanese control to Srinagar Kashmir This took seven months She traveled with Peter Fleming yes the very brother of Ian Fleming who of course wrote the James Bond books Peter and Ella were very different in character beyond the fact that she was Swiss and he British Each has written their own book News From Tartary is Peter's It was in fact Ella who agree to let Peter accompany her on hertrip; she points this out very clearly in the book She travels on parts of the Silk Road She encounters Japanese Chinese Turkic people Tibetans and Mongols She travels across the Tibetan plateau through Xinjiang a part of Turkestan and over the Himalayas Turkestan covers present day Turkmenistan Kazakhstan Uzbekistan Kyrgyzstan and Xinjiang Turkestan was not politically stable there being conflicting Japanese Chinese Russian and British interests What she did was an immense accomplishment From just this you understand the woman’s stamina resourcefulness and determinationNevertheless I would not classify Ella as a talented writer She does relate the facts clearly and adds historical information about the area and the political instability There are notes an index and a map A large portion of the content is concerned with the difficulties of the travel arrangements rather than a depiction of the lands she traveled through This wasn’t exactly what I was looking for It still remains an interesting piece of travel literature


  4. Pauline Fisk Pauline Fisk says:

    I love this book It had an enormous influence on my young life I loved Maillart's intrepid spirit and eually was entranced by the wild open spaces which she encountered on her great journey into the west of China and the extraordinary range of cultures and people that she met along the way Her relationship with Peter Fleming brother of Ian of James Bond fame was wryly amusing More disparate travelling companions could not have been found and yet the journey worked It was wonderful and Maillart's telling of it was far better than his I'd recommend this read to anyone who wants to know what China was like in the immediate years before the spread of Communism and anyone else who loves the idea of wide open spaces and the chance to travel freely in the face of all obstacles


  5. Patricia Patricia says:

    This account has a bit of all the best things about the best travel writing observation of customs and peoples including honest but tactful accounts of travel companions historical information and vivid nature writing


  6. Julian Schwarzenbach Julian Schwarzenbach says:

    This book relates Ella's view of a journey undertaken with Peter Fleming in 1935 and told in his book News from Tartary It is interesting how much the two books differ they could almost have been written about different tripsElla perhaps provides a better narrative of the different people met on the journey however what it does lack is the sense of it being a journey Whilst arguably Peter's book does not spend as much time on the people it does far better give a sense of a journey with a sense of tension over whether they will succeed or not etc Peter's book is generally an easy read with good and interesting narrative however Ella's book comes across as of an academic text bookOne area where Ella's book is perhaps better than Peter's is the description of the political situation in Sinjiang in 1935 ostensibly the reason for the trip although due to the complexity of the political situation both books struggle a bit in this area


  7. Diarmid Diarmid says:

    Ella Maillart was a Swiss adventurer journalist and sportswoman who travelled through some of the remoter areas of Asia through the 1930s 'Forbidden Journey' is an account of a journey Maillart took with an English journalist from Beijing to Xinjiang also known as Sinjiang or Chinese Turkestan and then on to India Xinjiang is the westernmost province of China which was during the 1930s a semi independent state politically unstable and under the influence of both the Soviet Union and the British Much of the political background of the book could be difficult to follow but the descriptions of the journey and the people are fascinating and Maillart is an entertaining and enjoyable writer Its not uite a lost classic but it is worth reading


  8. J. J. says:

    With Fleming's The News From Tartary a uniue journey by train truck and on horseponycamel back across the Chinese Turkestan of the 1930s This is the partner volume to Fleming's book Two viewpoints one unbeleivable nature hike


  9. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Reading the World Wow Talk about roughing it Journalist Ella Maillart travelled overland riding on horseback camel donkey pony andor walking through China in 1935 from Peking to India because of when the book was published the place names are the old ones Some of the journey is shocking the desert sections and some of the river crossings in particular We learned about this remarkable woman when reading Beyond the Great Wall by Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey AlfordI always have a little difficulty with translations I'm always worried that I'm missing something so even though my French is on the shaky side I was a little sorry not to be able to easily look at the original French version I did manage to find this passages onlinefrom Chapter IV By Lorry     Comme ceux du Honan les misérables paysans du Shensi habitent des cavernes u'ils creusent dans les falaises de terre jaune et poreuse Leurs champs sont pauvres ; chaue pluie entraîne des terres ui s'en vont combler très loin de là le grand fleuve Jaune et provouent peu à peu ses redoutables changements de lit Pour réparer le méfait des pluies les hommes comme des fourmis transportent infatigablement de la terre dans des paniers suspendus à leurs balanciers Plus aucune forêt ne régularise le climat n'atténue les précipitations ; pour se chauffer pendant des siècles les fils de Han ont déboisé il ne reste plus un arbre    Cette terre impalpable donne sont caractère le plus maruant au paysage chinois Elle coule sous l'averse elle fuit entre les mailles des paniers dans lesuels les paysans la transportent La notion même d'un roc d'un caillou semble ici appartenir à une autre planète Troglodytes     As in Honan so in Shensi the wretched peasants live in caves scooped out of the pourous yellow earthen cliffs Their fields are poor Every fall of rain carries off land which goes to heap up the bed of the Yellow River far from there and bit by bit to provoke the terrible shiftings of its course To make up for the losses caused by rain the men work tirelessly like ants bringing new earth in baskets hanging from yokes There are no forests left ot temper the climate or provide a brake in the case of landslides For centuries the sons of Han used wood for fires cutting down treees and cutting down trees until to day there is not a tree left    This earth that is as it were impalpage gives its most marked characteristic to the Chinese landscape It slips away under a shower of rain slips away even through the chinks of the baskets in which the peasants are carrying it Here the very notion of rock of a pebble even seems to belong to another planet TroglodytesSound familiar? How is it that close to 100 years since this was written we have learned nothing from this clear cutting and rape of the planet? And yet we're still allowing it to happen to the forests that are managing still to stand on this continent Sadly the public library book that we read does not contain any photos even though it seems clear from the text that both she and her fellow traveller Peter Fleming took photos Some favourite passages Even Chinese food seems allied to the uality of the land It includes no bones is prepared so as to be eaten with chopsticks triturated cooked for hours and hours in delicious sauces and appears at last looking like a variety of dumplings served in little heaps in which nothing is whole and entire Tou fu the sole diet of millions of peasants is a kind of flabby yellowish custard made with bean flour p33 Chapter IV By Lorry We pitched our tent on the bank of a limpid stream Women wearing long straight linen garments came with wooden bowls of sour milk and in a cloth yellow bannocks of meal bread hot from the oven If ever I have had a moment's unmixed happiness it was there surrounded by kindly faces and with those sweet smelling savoury natural gifts before me I noticed light coloured hair and eyes hear and there and had a sense of finding myself amongst hitherto unknown distant cousins p170 Chapter V Adam Djok Adam Bar? Groups of peasants in garments of white cotton were weeding in the cornfields Here and there one of them wore a rose over the ear As they weeded two of their number made music with a viola and a little drum Under the shade of a tree in a courtyard further on a dying man lay on a divan rug His family knelt round silent fanning him looking on him for the last time The cemetery was very close by its tombs surrounded by a wooden palisade and surmounted by a horse's tail p179 Chapter VI Cherchen Celebrities To Peter's great joy Abd Rakhman brought us a folding table on which a typewriter could be placed The typewriter itself was to send our visitors into ecstasies The aksaka himself waited on us every day bringing rice with fat chicken eggs sour milk very sweet tea dainties of one kind or another and piles of bread round and flat like pancakes We stuffed ourselves shamelessly p180 Chapter VI Cherchen Celebrities As it was still early afternoon I set off to attack the nearest spur of the mountains It was very steep and great tufts of grass made a series of ledges which I had to clamber up At the end of an hour I passed some sheep on their way down At the end of two hours the yurts looked no bigger than three little brown mushrooms I was out of breath and stopped for a while admiring the gentinas and the edelweiss—it had such long stalks here—and listening to the silence of the desert regions of the world that silence twhcih I miss so much when I am amongst human beings a deep silence which fills the heart with a sense of immensity p268 Chapter XIV On the PamirsParis n'est rien ni la France ni l'Europe ni les Blancs une seule chose compte envers et contre tous les particularismes c'est l'engrenage magnifiue ui s'appelle le monde Ella Maillartuestion Does this count as China or Switzerland in the 'Reading the World' category?


  10. Pat Pat says:

    I have always been fascinated by the Silk Road Inner and Outer Mongolia and the Takla Makan desert The closest I have been to them is Beijing and I don’t expect to go any nearer despite the comforts offered by NYTimes trips and the like This fascinating book however offers the perfect journey to the region for an armchair traveler because it recounts a journey made at a time when a journey from Peking as it then was to Srinagar India took you through the area when the native tribes and ethnic groups lived a traditional often nomadic life largely able to ignore mandates from Peking pursue trade with whomever their closest neighbors were and repel by force any group tried to threaten its domain and alliances Maillart is not exaggerating when she calls it a `forbidden’ journey In January 1935 preparing to set out from Peking she is thwarted at every turn when she tries to get visa for the journey and people with knowledge of the area tell dark stories of the experiences of previous travelers and diplomats in the area She manages to obtain a visa to go a small part of the way and sets out figuring that she would deal with the issue of further permissions as they arise It’s never easy but somehow she always finds a way to get the permissions she needs often through sheer persistence and an uncanny talent for figuring out who really runs the showDervla Murphy an intrepid traveler herself in her 1982 introduction to this 1937 best seller theorizes that the reason woman dominated adventure travel in the 1930s was that travel to remote places was a way woman of the period could gain independence and a sense of achievement According to Murphy after WWII men took over dominance of adventure travel because women now had freedom in their normal lives I’m not sure I agree with this but it is clear from 31 year old Maillart’s account of her 1935 journey that feeling her own mistress was a key motivation for starting on this physically and mentally challenging expedition Hitching rides on lorries riding on horses camels and donkeys and freuently forced to walk Maillart’s descriptions of the journey make you feel you are there every hard won mile of the way They also make you feel glad that you can reach over and take an apple from the fruit bowl or pour a drink of clean water to refresh yourself as you read I never really had an image of `trackless wastes’ until I read her compelling descriptions of the terrain which ranges from high desert and endless swamps to 16000 foot passes with precipitous drops One of the reasons this book is book is enthralling is its account of the relationship of Maillart and her traveling companion journalist Peter Fleming someone she did not know well before they set off She would rather be alone but as intrepid as she is she realizes that travelling alone is out of the uestion She likes having an interesting companion but “it nevertheless deprived me of the greatest thrill the sense of discovery had given me on previous journeys I had lost the intense joy the intoxication of blazing my own trail and the proud sense of being able to get through alone which I had become accustomed to” She recounts the accommodations she must make to keep the peace with him often galling for this ardent feminist However the biggest difference she learns is that while she wants to experience every moment learn about the people they encounter and open herself to the different cultures Fleming just wants to have completed the trek to be able to show that he could do itThis is a great read for any armchair traveler or indeed for someone who is planning to follow the Silk Road The conditions of the terrain and people may have changed with the passage of time but what she writes about still matters


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