In Search of Kazakhstan

October 17, 2007 at 1:12 am 3 comments

The Land That DisappearedI’ve recently finished reading, In Search of Kazakhstan: The Land That Disappeared, by Christopher Robbins and highly recommend it to anyone that is even remotely interested in the country of Kazakhstan.

Published in May of 2007, this was the most current book I could find on this incredible country. I was able to order a copy from and it was well worth the extra postage to the U.S.

A conversation on a flight to Moscow that ended with the statement, “Apples are from Kazakhstan,” made such a lasting impression on the author that two years after the initial exchange, Mr. Robbins traveled to Kazakhstan himself to investigate the claim.

This is a wonderfully entertaining, yet very informative, record of an exploration that reaches across physical, cultural, and historical boundries of a vast and diverse country. Through reading this book, I’ve greatly increased my knowledge of and respect for the landscape, people, and struggles Kazakhstan has endured. I can now watch on, as a more informed global citizen, as this country continues to strive and grow with confidence in today’s world.

Witty, interesting, heart warming, shocking, and fun! Thank you, Mr. Robbins, for a great book and a fabulous introduction to a country I can’t wait to visit!


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. boogle  |  October 17, 2007 at 6:32 am

    pam param ?

  • 2. Angela  |  October 28, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    Great find! Just started reading this book and I have to say I’m really enjoying it. We’ve submitted our dossier for our second adoption from Kaz. This book is definitely helping with the wait. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • 3. Susan  |  March 8, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I just got this book, but i haven’t read it yet. I am in the middle of a very thick book-Pillars of the Earth. Very good, but quite dark as it’s in the middle ages. I have a stack of books to read, but i figure it will help the time pass while waiting for our baby kaz. 🙂


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