Sunday, September 23, 2012

Jen Reads: Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier

If I said I wanted to go to Siberia, would you giggle and say “Really?”

This book chronicles Ian Frazier’s journeys to Siberia and Russia. He discusses the culture and his shock as viewing it from an American point of view. He discusses the people and land and it made me want to chuck it all and go to Siberia and follow in his footsteps.

Siberia has 75% of the land in Russia but only 28% of the people. It encompasses 7 time zones.  The entire country of Canada can fit into the area that is Siberia. It is just so vast and remote. It is know as being a place of exile and it has transferred into English in such phrases as “social Siberia”.

I have been bitten by the travel bug and well, I so want to go to Russia and Siberia. This book brought me to Siberia and said, “Jen, you must go here.”

If you want a travel chronicle on an unusual place, this is a book for you. It gets my whole hearted recommendation.

In other news, I am chugging along. I went to Mom’s grave and came home and did nothing. Nothing. Unfortunately, the weekend is now gone.

3 comments:

  1. Ohhhh... glad to hear you liked this book! It's on my "to read" list (which is quite long lately). I'm reading Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail right now and it makes me want to drop everything and go hike the PCT, despite the fact that I could never do it, haha.

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    1. I was actually standing in front of someone reading on the T this morning reading that book. I might have to add it to my wicked long list.

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  2. This sounds like an interesting read. I really want to go to Siberia. People think I'm weird when I say that.

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