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review Through Siberia by Accident A Small Slice of Autobiography ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Dinary story of fortitude and resourcefulness as Murphy finds friendship and culture in one of the world’s bleakest most inhospitable region. Some of Dervla Murphy s travel anecdotes reinforce stereotypes bleak urban landscapes say or endless tracts of irreparably polluted land yet others break them down the book is nothing if not a showcase of Siberian hospitality toward strangers and her descriptions of the immense variability and beauty of the landscape shattered my notions of a dreary Siberian monotony Ms Murphy also manages to effectively intersperse fascinating tidbits of RussianSiberian history throughout In sum Through Siberia By Accident may not be the most exciting travelogue I ve ever read I shouldn t be that surprised given the author is a septuagenarian but it does offer a well balanced empathic look into Siberian society This book has piued my interest in the region especially concerning the native peoples sadly as afflicted as the American ones and I m looking forward to learning about itThree Favorite Passages1 Olekminsk thrived after the arrival of the Skoptsi in the 1860s This dotty cult had been banished from European Russia as the Old Believers were in the mid seventeenth century to punish them for their rejection of Patriarch Nikon s reforms But the Skoptsi were far odder than the merely inflexible Old Believers They lived in communes known as ships and each crew was led by an autocratic helmsman They were teetotalers non smokers and celibates who addressed each other as brother and sister Salvation they believed was conditional on sexual abstinence and caring helmsmen had their male crew members castrated However new recruits arrived at intervals and the colony survived for a few generations2 Here in times past scientists did ingenious experiments and made discoveries without which modern Yakutsk could not have happened or so the scientists say The city s first high rise buildings soon melted the permafrost and had to be demolished hastily after they fell apart The second generation stood on iron pile sub foundations extending far below ground level but their walls too cracked open the piles having conveyed heat to the permafrost With hindsight the solution sounds obvious leave a six foot gap between buildings and ground and use wooden piles which do not conduct heat3 As the Cossacks and traders told one another God is high and the Czar is far away George Langs Cuisine of Hungary yet others break them down the book is nothing if not a showcase of Siberian hospitality toward strangers and her descriptions of the immense variability and beauty of the landscape shattered my notions of a dreary Siberian monotony Ms Murphy also manages to effectively intersperse fascinating tidbits of RussianSiberian history throughout In sum Through Siberia By Accident may not be the most exciting travelogue I ve ever read I shouldn t be that surprised given the author is a septuagenarian but it does offer a well balanced empathic look into Siberian society This book has piued my interest in the region especially concerning the native peoples sadly as afflicted as the American ones and I m looking forward to learning about itThree Favorite Passages1 Olekminsk thrived after the arrival of the Skoptsi in the 1860s This dotty cult had been banished from European Russia as the Old Believers were in the mid seventeenth century to punish them for their rejection of Patriarch Nikon s reforms But the Skoptsi were far odder than the merely inflexible Old Believers They lived in communes known as ships and each crew was led by an autocratic helmsman They were teetotalers non smokers and celibates who addressed each other as brother and sister Salvation they believed was conditional on sexual abstinence and caring helmsmen had their male crew members castrated However new recruits arrived at intervals and the colony survived for a few generations2 Here in times past scientists did ingenious experiments and made discoveries without which modern Yakutsk could not have happened or so the scientists say The city s first high rise buildings soon melted the permafrost and had to be demolished hastily after they fell apart The second generation stood on iron pile sub foundations extending far below ground level but their walls too cracked open the piles having conveyed heat to the permafrost With hindsight the solution sounds obvious leave a six foot gap between buildings and ground and use wooden piles which do not conduct heat3 As the Cossacks and traders told one another God is high and the Czar is far away

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review Through Siberia by Accident A Small Slice of Autobiography ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Through Siberia by Accident is an account of a journey that didn’t happen and what happened instead While still thousands of miles from her. I have read a number of Dervla Murphy books and consider myself a fan so it wasn t without some trepidation I read this one This is because as alluded to in the title despite planning another of her numerous cycle tours yes she has also used beasts of burden a chance fall on a train in transit to the starting point leaves Murphy unable to walk let a lone cycle for the most part of her time in Siberia And so her plans are scratched and she re cuts a new plan one that involved no cycling and little walking Which brings me to the concerns I had going in I really enjoy her tried and tested format for books a little about the cycling and physical hardship or animal husbandry in the case of a non cycle book a lot about the people and places a little about the historyThere is no doubt in this book and this is influenced not only by her lack of movement but also the location contains a significant amount detail on history and many people and their roles in the history of the area of Siberia that she visits There are still the personal interactions with all those who she comes into contact along the way and there is still plenty of hardship with the travel mostly train related with a bus journey and some ferry jaunts etc But it is reasonable to say the history and background took over although as noted above contemporary Russia in general appears to only be explainable by delving into its history and Siberia is no exceptionSo where did she go He journey was based around the BAM railway the Baikal Amur Mainline which leaves the main Trans Siberian railway line at Taishet and heads north above Lake Baikal Murphy makes a number of side trips in this general area visiting each of the relevant towns cities where inevitably she is sought out by the few English speakers and treated with what can only be described as overwhelming hospitality Time after time she is accommodated and overfed they accompany her to show her places and things and won t allow her to pay her way If anything this book is a testament to the generosity and hospitality of the Siberian people as time and again they go out of their way to accommodate and assist the non Russian speaking foreigner despite the hardship of their lives and their relative lack of financesProbably 35 stars rounded down because so many good books i have read lately have been 4 stars and for me this didn t uite make it Life and Dating after the Minivan; Tales from the Divorced Side yes she has also used beasts of burden a chance fall on a train in transit to the starting point leaves Murphy unable to walk let a lone cycle for the most part of her time in Siberia And so her plans are scratched and she re cuts a new plan one that involved no cycling and little walking Which brings me to the concerns I had going in I really enjoy her tried and tested format for books a little about the cycling and physical hardship or animal husbandry in the case of a non cycle book a lot about the people and places a little about the historyThere is no doubt in this book and this is influenced not only by her lack of movement but also the location contains a significant amount detail on history and many people and their roles in the history of the area of Siberia that she visits There are still the personal interactions with all those who she comes into contact along the way and there is still plenty of hardship with the travel mostly train related with a bus journey and some ferry jaunts etc But it is reasonable to say the history and background took over although as noted above contemporary Russia in general appears to only be explainable by delving into its history and Siberia is no exceptionSo where did she go He journey was based around the BAM railway the Baikal Amur Mainline which leaves the main Trans Siberian railway line at Taishet and heads north above Lake Baikal Murphy makes a number of side trips in this general area visiting each of the relevant towns cities where inevitably she is sought out by the few English speakers and treated with what can only be described as overwhelming hospitality Time after time she is accommodated and overfed they accompany her to show her places and things and won t allow her to pay her way If anything this book is a testament to the generosity and hospitality of the Siberian people as time and again they go out of their way to accommodate and assist the non Russian speaking foreigner despite the hardship of their lives and their relative lack of financesProbably 35 stars rounded down because so many good books i have read lately have been 4 stars and for me this didn t uite make it

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review Through Siberia by Accident A Small Slice of Autobiography ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Original destination Ussuriland in the Russian Far East Dervla Murphy found herself stymied by multiple minor injuries This book is an extraor. This is a book about a trip that didn t happen Dervla ueen of the world s class B roads was due to cycle her way across part of Siberia but then right at the start of her journey she hurt her knee So instead of cycling she took to BAM The Baikal Amur Mainline railway and explored those bits of Siberia around Lake Baikal and the lower reaches of the River Lena insteadDervla is the sort of woman you must refer to by christian rather than surname she is so down to earth and gutsy The greatest joy of her writing is to be found in her conversations with people In this book we hear people talking about Communism Perestroika and the revolution of 1991 work the Russian Orthodox Church the isolation of Siberia vandalism ecology modern Russia foreign investment the toughness of Russian survival skills and the very Russian ness of Russians In spite of them rubbing shoulders with Europe they have never really adopted our namby pamby waysShe also writes fascinatingly about other aspects of Siberia and Russia The building of the BAM railways in Siberia even if you haven t the remotest interest in engineering challenges the harshness of the building of this railway line in terms of manpower and the obstacles overcome will leave your jaw saggingThe permafrost thousands of miles of frozen soil hundreds of yards thick left over from the last Ice Age Surprisingly vulnerable when disturbed Russia s history with alcohol Not good Beer now taking over from vodka but still not goodSeveral of the positive achievements of Communism like 98% literacy the sense of job security that people enjoyed and people having access to all sorts of communal facilities from theaters to sports grounds The wonders of Lake Baikal at least 20 million and possibly 30 million years old with a huge list of plant and animal species found only hereThe role of the dacha in people s lives it ain t no weekend retreat for enjoying life s little luxuriesThe harsh lives that many elderly now experienceRussian s obsession with elegance and fashion I personally think they are outstanding in this field and it was interesting to hear about it Dervla travels round with her eyes and mind open and a warmth in her heart which endears her to other peopleand accordingly she really gets to hear what s on their minds The Siberians are also outstandingly friendly and hospitable I enjoyed this book enormously and along the way learnt a lot about Siberia and Russia generally Highly recommended


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  • Paperback
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  • Through Siberia by Accident A Small Slice of Autobiography
  • Dervla Murphy
  • English
  • 24 March 2020
  • 9780719566646