The Road to Samarcand

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The Road to Samarcand

By Patrick O'Brian

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393064735, 269pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2007

Description
Along the way they encounter a charismatic Chinese bandit and a host of bad characters, including Russian agents fomenting unrest. (Most of these meet very bad ends.) The narrative as in all of O'Brian's novels touches on surprising subjects: astronomy, oriental philosophy, the correct identification of ancient Han bronzes, and some very local cuisine. It ends in an ice-bound valley, with the party caught between hostile Red-Hat monks and the Great Silent Ones, which is how the Tibetans designate theyeti.