The Cruel Way: Switzerland to Afghanistan in a Ford, 1939

The Cruel Way: Switzerland to Afghanistan in a Ford, 1939

Once again Ella Maillart is on her way to Asia, but she is not alone. Christina, (real name Annemarie Schwarzenbach) a friend of Klaus and Erika Mann, accompanies her. She possesses exceptional charm and talent but she is a drug addict. Two courageous women, both highly original, find themselves in a difficult situation. An 18 hp Ford car takes the experienced travellers towards Afghanistan, via Istanbul, Trebizond, Tehran and Herat. They face checkpoints, poor roads, petty officials, crowds, deserts. Ella Maillart brings to her account her skill of precise observation, her taste for encounters and her affinity for the nomads, as well as her historical knowledge and the ethnological approach of a great Asia specialist.

Title:The Cruel Way: Switzerland to Afghanistan in a Ford, 1939
Edition Language:English
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    The Cruel Way: Switzerland to Afghanistan in a Ford, 1939 Reviews

  • BrokenTune

    This a combined review of All the Roads Are Open: The Afghan Journey and The Cruel Way: Switzerland to Afghanistan in a Ford, 1939. Quotes are taken from The Cruel Way."The gist of our dialogue had be...

  • Daren

    No hiding that I am a bit of a fan of Ella Maillart's writing (and general outlook on life too).This book takes place just prior to the outbreak of the second World War, and the author and her friend ...

  • Bettie

    Description: Once again Ella Maillart is on her way to Asia, but she is not alone. Christina, (real name Annemarie Schwarzenbach) a friend of Klaus and Erika Mann, accompanies her. She possesses excep...

  • Vivian

    Amazing travelogue. It's difficult to imagine why this book has remained pretty undiscovered and unheard of in travel literature. (Perhaps because both travelers were women?) This book is filled with ...

  • Martha

    How have I never heard of Maillart? (Look her up. Her life is astounding.) I just happened on this title, I suppose, from a list of travel books and what a wonderful happenstance. Two especially inter...

  • Matt Brant

    Maillart was well-known for her Forbidden Journey, a clear-cut account of a seven-month trek across Central Asia in 1934 (with Peter Fleming, older smarter brother of Ian). This story of a 1939 trip b...

  • Denise

    FAVORITE EXCERPTS"In my greatest moments, in danger, in love, I remain a spectator of myself. I shall never suffer so intensely, then, as Christina suffers: I cannot become entangled in the show I am ...

  • Sarah

    This took ages to read! Anytime I picked it up, I got sidetracked trying to look up locations on Google Maps (GeoNames came in handy, although Maillart is unique in some of her spellings) and research...

  • Lady Drinkwell

    Ella Maillart travels to learn about the inner and outer World and in this case travels to one place to learn about another. At the cusp of WW2 she travels to Iran and Afghanistan not only to discover...

  • Patricia

    Maillart tells the story of a journey in search of a meaningful alternative to the craziness of Europe on the verge of war and in search of healing for a friend who is addicted not only to drugs but t...