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With every fresh encounter from an Afghanistan veteran based on Hadrian's Wall to a shepherd who still counts his flock in sixth century words Stewart uncovers about the forgotten peoples and languages of a vanished country now crushed between England and Scotland Stewart and his father are drawn into unsettling reflections on landscape their parallel careers in the bygone British Empire and Ira and the past present and uncertain future of the Unit. I was a Goodreads winner of this book I liked this book but didn t love it The history of Scotland and England was great I enjoyed reading the historical tidbits thrown in the book but this book was not about the history but about a walk along Hadrian s Wall The book is divided into 3 parts the walk with his 89 year old father which is very interesting and what a wonderful person to be with The second part is about a self journey which I found to be difficult to read and the third is about his father again Only a small part of this book is about the walk along the wall There are some parts about Ira Afghanistan and the Vietnam War and some political ideas that get bantered back and forth with his father that leave the book disjointed and I found myself agreeing with the father Overall it was an enjoyable read the book had some random thoughts that appeared throughout the book when it may have been bette

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The Marches

An unforgettable tale National GeographicIn The Places in Between Rory Stewart walked some of the most dangerous borderlands in the world Now he travels with his eighty nine year old father a comical wily courageous and infuriating former British intelligence officer along the border they call home On Stewart's four hundred mile walk across a magnificent natural landscape he sleeps on mountain ridges and in housing projects in hostels and farmhouses. I think sometimes interweaving seemingly disparate threads can work well in non fiction unfortunately in this book I think it muddied the waters Rory Stewart once did a walk across Afghanistan which you can read about in his book The Places in Between which got a lot of acclaim Much to my chagrin he continuously references this journey and book throughout The Marches At times he seems to be trying to find connections between Afghanistan and the borderlands between historical Scotland and England but failing in my opinion He also seems to have written this book not long after the death of his father and underlying everything is a clear desire to somehow pay tribute to his father So also entwined in this narrative are reflections on his father s work in Asia Too many ingredients leading to very little clarityThe only reason I actually read the entire thing is that this land is my land as much as it is his

Rory Stewart ☆ 8 Read

Ed Kingdom And as the end approaches the elder Stewart's stubborn charm transforms this chronicle of nations into a fierce exuberant encounter between a father and a son This is a profound reflection on family landscape and history by a powerful and original writerThe miracle of The Marches is not so much the treks Stewart describes pulling in all possible relevant history as the monument that emerges to his beloved father New York Times Book Review. FROM MY BLOG Hadrian s Wall constructed by the Romans from AD 122 to about 128 crosses northern England from Newcastle through Carlisle to Bowness on the Solway Firth In 2010 I followed the wall its entire length on foot In 2011 Rory Stewart walked the same route together with his 89 year old father the father driving far than walking The following year he walked a rambling and much longer route from the Lake District to his father s home at the foot of the Highland Line in Scotland exploring the puzzling region between the Wall and the Scottish border the region called the marches in medieval times and which Stewart likes to call the MiddlelandMr Stewart is best known in America as the author of a best selling book about his 32 day walk across Afghanistan in 2002 The Places in Between A graduate of Eton and Oxford he has also served as a member of Britain s foreign service working on issues in Ira Mon


10 thoughts on “The Marches

  1. says:

    I've previously read both Stewart's The Places In Between and Prince of the Marshes I found both books to be illuminating a

  2. says:

    I think sometimes interweaving seemingly disparate threads can work well in non fiction unfortunately in this book I think it muddi

  3. says:

    Maybe this was too ambitious for me considering I don't read a lot of non fiction that isn't memoir or essays I thought this would b

  4. says:

    We tend to think of the UK as one complete country but there are separate countries here that have their own distinct identity and outlook This loosely defined border between us and the Scottish has existed since Roman times Their farthest out

  5. says:

    This is a fascinating and complicated book I picked it up because I'm currently fascinated by the borders I'm not close enough to go and walk the ground myself always the best way to learn a place but I was hopin

  6. says:

    I was a Goodreads winner of this book I liked this book but didn't love it The history of Scotland and England was great I enjoyed r

  7. says:

    35 stars rounded up to 4I enjoyed reading The Marches Border Walks With My Father by Rory Stewart He’s been in t

  8. says:

    FROM MY BLOG Hadrian's Wall constructed by the Romans from AD 122 to about 128 crosses northern England from Newcastle through Carlis

  9. says:

    This was a very strange book I started off loving it and then it curdled on meThe trouble with a travel book is that you have to like the narrator I liked Rory Stewart's father Brian and this is largely a book about Brian I started off liking Rory too but the time I spent with him the the very high opinion he had of himself started to grate There are some wonderful bits in this book and I'm not at all sorry I've read it but ther

  10. says:

    Rory Stewart walks the border between Scotland and England much of it along Hadrian's Wall This is a fairly long book that contains a lot of historical detail about the region The author's father figures in much of the book and is a very colorful character A survivor of D Day he served with Scottish brigades as well as having a career in the Intelligence Service all over the worldStewart discovers that most people living along