I pretty much agree with CC from MD except with one fewer stars This is a collection of UB anecdotes I don t think of UB as east, in contrast with the far better book Hearing Birds Fly which is a substantial book about a year s experiences in western Mongolia. 200 pages Not really Go to s look inside for the book and notice the larger font size than normal, the much wider margins than usual, and the line spacing Maybe it s really about 100 pages Not much there, and no real appreciation for Mongolians You won t learn much from this book. Þ Wild East: Travels in the New Mongolia × What makes this book so interesting is that it doesn t fall into the cliched sterotypes of Mongolia most loved by foreignors Mongolia in the 1990s underwent dramatic and painful social, political and economic changes Those changes have ebbed from the collapse of the country s economy in the early 1990s and the initial abandonment of the cities for the nomadic way of life , to the later collapse of the rural economy and the drift back towards the capital city, Ulaanbaatar To make the claim that the capital doesn t reflect the real Mongolia is not only arrogant, it is wrong It is like saying Beijing doesn t relfect the real China. The fact remains that the majority of the country s population lives in the capital People have moved to the capital for th In all fairness, there are parts of this book where the author recounts her experiences traveling outside of Ulan Bataar, where she lived for two years However, I found the majority of the book to consist of anecdotes about life in Ulan Bataar and the current state of Mongolian politics and history If that is what you want, then I would recommend this book It is written in an engaging style and very readable However, I was looking for of the travels promised in the title and came up short I haven t found the perfect Mongolia travel narrative yet, but I can recommend as an alternate or additional read , the book entitled Hold the Dog 16 Days in Mongolia Hold the Dog 16 Days in Mongolia Really nicely written and interesting book about Mongolia Definitely worth a read if you are planning a trip Not so much as preparation but to give you an idea of what the country and it s people are like. I found Jill Lawless Wild East to be an unusual work of travel writing She did not just make a pit stop in Mongolia, but lived there for two years as editor of the UB Post newspaper a feisty English language newspaper This is a work in the tradition of the great engaged journalists, a ballsy without the balls Hemmingway for the 21st century Her writing is wise, minus the naive first impressions of many travellers it is Mongolia from the inside Wild East is a reality check on current debates over globalization Mongolia is a country where even McDonalds dares to not go Lawless digs deep into the country s own version of the 60s, as Mongolian s lustily embraced there new found freedoms in the 90s She takes us across the country, from the remote Gobi desert, to border clashes with Russian Tuva She is especially good at covering the dynamic and chaotic world of Mongolian tabloid newspaper Most Of Us, The Name Mongolia Conjures Up Exotic Images Of Wild Horsemen, Endless Grasslands, And Nomads A Timeless And Mysterious Land That Is Also, In Many Ways, One That Time Forgot Under Genghis Khan, The Mongols Empire Stretched Across Asia And Into The Heart Of Europe But Over The Centuries Mongolia Disappeared From The World S Consciousness, Overshadowed And Dominated By Its Huge Neighbours First China, Which Ruled Mongolia Æ read ✓ Wild East: Travels in the New Mongolia by Jill Lawless ✓ For Centuries, Then Russia, Which Transformed The Feudal Nation Into The World S Second Communist State Jill Lawless Arrived In Mongolia In The Late S To Find A Country Waking From Centuries Of Isolation, At Once Rediscovering Its Heritage As A Nomadic And Buddhist Society And Simultaneously Discovering The Western World The Result Is A Land Of Fascinating, Bewildering Contrasts A Vast Country Where Nomadic Herders Graze Their Sheep And Yaks On The Steppe, It Also Has One Of The World S Highest Literacy Levels And A Burgeoning High Tech Scene While Trendy Teenagers Rollerblade Amid The Soviet Apartment Blocks Of Ulaanbaatar And Dance To The Latest Pop Music In Nightclubs, And The Rich Drive Mercedes And Surf The Internet, Than Half The Population Still Lives In Felt Tents, Scratching Out A Living In One Of The World S Harshest Landscapes Mongolia, It Can Be Argued, Is The Archetypal St Century Nation, A Country Waking From A Tumultuous Th Century In Which It Was Wrenched From Feudalism To Communism To Capitalism, Searching For Its Place In The New Millennium This Is A Funny And Revealing Portrait Of A Beautiful, Troubled Country Whose Fate Holds Lessons For All Of Us
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