Apples Are from Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared

Apples Are from Kazakhstan The Land that Disappeared Book by Robbins Christopher

  • Title: Apples Are from Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared
  • Author: Christopher Robbins
  • ISBN: 9781934633939
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Paperback
  • Book by Robbins, Christopher

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    1. Part travel diary, story book, and history text--an engaging look at a country that unfortunately is only known in the west because of the idiotic Borat of recent years. The author spent considerable time in Kazakhstan interviewing the president, traveling to all major regions, and researching its history in depth. I particularly enjoyed learning the history of certain regions through the stories of Dostoevsky, Trotsky, and Solzhenitsyn, who all spent considerable time there against their will. [...]

    2. On a flight from London to Moscow, Christopher Robbins sat next to a man traveling from Georgia to Kazakhstan to start a new life with a woman he met over the Internet. As they left the plane, the man commented "apples are from Kazakhstan."That sentence hooked Robbins. It hooked me, too. When I read that story in the prologue, I decided that I would have to read the rest.Apples are from Kazakhstan. The man who established Kazakhstan as the birthplace of the apple, Valivov, was sentenced to death [...]

    3. Đây là một quyển sách ấn tượng.Ấn tượng đầu tiên là từ cái tên. Kiểu ai nghe qua xong cũng hỏi: Phải vậy thật không? Sự tò mò, suy cho cùng, luôn là một liều thuốc kích thích tốt.Nhưng không cần quá nhiều sự kích thích để đọc quyển này, bởi tác giả là một người viết rất khéo và mang đến một sự kết hợp tinh tế, uyển chuyển giữa nhật ký hành trình, lịch sử lẫn những câu chu [...]

    4. Now I want to visit Kazakhstan.This book is a lovingly-written, extensively researched ode to a little-known and much-mocked nation. The author, aside from traveling to the remotest parts of this already remote country, also makes a thorough study of the Kazakh president and political history since the country's recent independence. As a result, this book is crazy educational. "Crazy educational?" you say, doubtful and with slight scorn. Yes - it is educational, but the history, the natural reso [...]

    5. This was an absolutely scrumptious travelogue/history book, chock-full of interesting tidbits and trivia. The author not only traveled basically all over Kazakhstan, but he also wrote about its history, particularly under Soviet rule, and interviewed loads of Kazakhs, including the president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. (And, from Mr. Robbins's description, Nazarbayev sounds like a nice enough guy who genuinely cares about his country's welfare.)Although there are a lot of ethnic, linguistic and relig [...]

    6. I knew nothing about Kazakhstan before picking up this book and now I feel like a mini-expert. This book is about Robbins' personal travels and experiences in Kazakhstan, along with some history and politics and background on the people and culture. A fun read with great sketches throughout the book that really enhanced the read for me.

    7. Now feel I have to get my passport sorted out and take a trip to Kazakhstan, lots of things to see and people to meet.

    8. A very interesting book about Kazakhstan, who definitely is a very interesting country! I liked that it wasn't a history book, but that it spun the country's story and culture around anecdotes from the author's time there.

    9. This is a good travel book in that it makes you want to go and visit Kazakhstan. However, it's not your usual tourist book. There is a lot of history - both older (dating back to the Mongols from whom the Kazakhs are descended) and more recent (lots of info, both good and bad, about the Soviet era - many of the worst gulag prison camps were in Kazakhstan and this was where Solzhenitsyn spent his gulag days). There is also a much more nuanced picture of the current president of Kazakhstan than is [...]

    10. Even if I weren't going to teach in Kazakhstan, I would have really enjoyed this book and given it the same rating. I feel very fortunate to have read the book before going to teach there and glad that my husband found and purchased it. The author lived and travelled in Kazakhstan for a couple of years to find out about Kazakhstan based on a chance encounter peaking his interest in the place and shares what he learned with us. We learn as we read about how Russia used and changed or abused Kazak [...]

    11. Liked what I read so far, especially since I knew nothing about Kazakhstan. (But I did know apples are from Kazakhstan!!! Thanks, MP!) Anyway, now I know slightly more about Kazakhstan, like that the first settlers were descendants of Genghis Khan, and today if you can prove you're descended from him you get to say you're part of the White Bone. Who knew? But the book was due August 14th and the library is getting mad at me, so the rest of Kazakhstan's secrets will have to wait to be revealed.9/ [...]

    12. This is an easy-to-read and charming book. It's distinguished from the usual travelogue writing by the author's interviews with the president of the country which make up several chapters in the second half. My favorite part of the book is the description of how Kazakhstan got its own currency, the tenge, through a covert operation!There is a lot of introductory information about Kazakhstan, in line with the author's contention that most people know nothing about it. The book is overwhelmingly g [...]

    13. "I stopped at an ATM at the corner of a street where a camel stood nonchalantly snacking on a small tree The camel held my gaze for a moment, turned away, made a final tug at the indigestible tree, and moved on. In the meantime there was the familiar whirring sound of the ATM's electronic count, and out popped exotic, crisp tenge notes, a currency made unique in that it was introduced by stealth in a top-secret operation."This was a fascinating read - at times fast-paced and light-hearted, and a [...]

    14. So interesting (I love taking a peek into another culture) and informative- so informative that I felt rather ignorant about much of world history in Central Asia.I enjoyed Robbins' writing style and how he chose to introduce the range of material.I would recommend this book to anyone.

    15. Apparently, apples really do come from Kazakhstan which is, according to the author, "one of the largest and least known places on earth." Very interesting book. I learned a lot about that part of the world, most of it positive. British author and publisher in quite a dense font.

    16. I really enjoyed this book. While there were some parts that were not so interesting to me about the more distant history of Kazakhstan, for the most part this was an interesting glimpse into a country about which I knew absolutely nothing.A few interesting facts:- Kazakhstan is a mix of many different ethnic groups, a lot due to the fact that so many groups of people were exiled to Kazakhstan under Stalin. According this book, there isn't a lot of conflict between these ethnic groups.- In 1997, [...]

    17. Absolutely brilliant. Loved it, read it in two days (which is the equivalent of 'read it in one sitting', if you're the kind of person who is constantly being interrupted). Mixture of history and travel book written by a man who became interested in Kazakhstan when he got chatting to somebody he met on a plane. He ends up spending lots of time there, even hanging out with the president, Sultan Nazarbayev. He visits the Polygon, where the Soviet scientists tested nuclear bombs, and the Aral Sea. [...]

    18. I picked up this book because our Church has a sister church based in Almaty. When I saw this book appear on my library's "new books" list, I was immediately intrigued. During a flight from London to Moscow, the author of this book met a man who told him, "Apples are from Kazakhstan." Robbins was intrigued and a couple years later, journeyed to the country to learn its history and culture. Robbins interweaves Soviet/USSR history with stories about Kazakh peoples. He creates a readable experience [...]

    19. As a person who lived and travelled around Kazakhstan for a year, I found this book highly familiar, educating and hillarious. Robbins has a great talent of going from small but significant details he had observed to the broad perspective on the history, economics and societal development of the country.I particulalrly enjoyed biographical accounts of people related to Kazakhstan, such as Trotsky, Solzhenitsyn, Nazarbayev, even Gorbachev and Yeltsin. Robbins manages to bring out controversies re [...]

    20. I really enjoyed this book that completely debunks the crass cultural stereotyping of Borat. It is however a lot more serious than the GR synopsis makes it out to be. As well as finding some very funny cultural stories, explaining the roots of the nation and describing some stunning scenery and animal life, the bulk of the book concerns politics and recent history. What is facinating and enlightening is the fate of Kazakhstan post the creation of the Soviet Union and its politics post independen [...]

    21. I learned a lot about Kazakhstan from this book. The writing was mostly engaging, though I got a little bored at times, especially during some of the parts about the not so recent history of Kazakhstan. The book makes the country seem more real to me, and I was surprised by how shockingly little I knew about the country and how wrong some of my previous impressions were. Also, I learned that not only are apples from Kazakhstan, but so is Vladimir Zhirinovsky. (In case you didn't finish his biogr [...]

    22. I read the original British edition of this book published as In Search of Kazakhstan. In that edition, the author mentions that he much prefers the Apples title, which I see he finally got in the American version. It's a great read, especially for the historically minded. I agree with lots of the positive points made by other reviewers. The ideas and viewpoints taken from the presidential interviews are unexpectedly interesting and full of surprises, though Robbins may have been a little too c [...]

    23. This was a book that was packed with information; for example did you know that Kazakhstan is where Apples and Tulips are from? Kazakhstan is where Solzhenistyn was incarcerated in the vast Gulag system (he was, surprisingly against Kazakhstan's independence). Kazakhstan was the place the Soviets tested their nuclear bombs, and trucked thousands of people to the area to see how people reacted to the radiation. The Soviets left all the nuclear weapons and outdated factories.

    24. I initially liked this book, which takes a look at Kazakhstan, where apples are from, but other than that fact, I can't recall much that's interesting about this country from what I read (admittedly several months ago). The book has been languishing on my nightstand, and at this point I think it's safe to say I may never finish it though I might dip into it should occasion ever rise to travel to this remote place. It's where Trotsky was exiled for a year by Stalin

    25. This just didn't hold my attention. I found it an imperfect mix of travelogue and historical/cultural text. Genuinely absorbing anecdotes were few and far between, and there was no real structure to the historical digressions, which made reading them a bit of a challenge.However, it's not a bad book -- just one that I didn't enjoy. If you have a better attention span than me, you might get more out it.

    26. A very interesting read that my wife gave me when we first started dating. Glad she gave it to me, and glad I eventually read it (actually quite soon after she gave it to me - I mean, I DID want to keep dating her).

    27. I learned there really is such a place as Kazakhstan - not just the country in the Borak movie! It was easy to read - entertaining and educational. I realized I know very little about the history of the USSR, Russia and the break up of the Soviet Union.

    28. I am enjoying this travelogue and comparing experiences from the writer to my own time in Kazakhstan. I did know about the apples though! They were the best I ever ate and I peeled and sliced one every day for MAY when I visited her in the baby house.

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