By Nicholas Barrington
This can be the tale of 3 younger westerners--a Briton, an American and a German--who in 1960 got down to penetrate a land that few westerners had set eyes on. not able to depend upon maps and with little info on what could confront them, they have been guided step by way of precarious step into the unknown international formerly immortalized by means of Kipling's the guy Who will be King . this is often the modern record--now released for the 1st time--of a unprecedented trip.
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This might have been an empty boast, like his others – but it might not. He said he was only 25 or so, much younger than he looked. He did not say anything about the Prime Minister, but he did say that he was fond of the King, and spoke highly of the King’s humanity and kindness. He was very interested in our laws – about murder in the course of a family feud, for instance! If all the family egged a man on to kill someone else, were they all guilty? Not, he said, in Afghanistan. Feuds were constantly breaking out among the Safis.
It was most useful on the journey, and I have it still. The final surprise about this old boy was that he had heard of Robertson! ’ We said goodbye and followed Fatty down a gentler, longer way to the bridge, while the second soldier, an Herati, who wore a white turban and always carried a big stick, complained bitterly that we were A C C O U N T O F A J O U R N E Y T O T W O VA L L E Y S I N N U R I S TA N being led astray. In the end we made it, and set off over the bridge, not knowing if the others were behind or ahead of us.
Having shaken hands with every member of the reception committee, we left our cars at the end of the road at the south end of the village, and, with porters carrying our things, walked round to the north and higher side to the Hakem’s official residence, where we and everything else were dumped on the roof. Here beds were laid out for us, and tea was produced. The view was magnificent, looking down past the villages of Manugai on the right, and Ningrelam on the left, to the Pech Valley, in the soft evening light.
A Passage to Nuristan: Exploring the Mysterious Afghan Hinterland by Nicholas Barrington