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ON THE TRAIL OF GENGHIS KHAN
29 November 2014
Australian Tim Cope’s project of travelling by horse, following the progress of Genghis Khan’s 13th century Mongol army, seemed crazy as he had minimal knowledge of horses when he set out. Yet he succeeded.
In June 2004, aged 25, he set out from the Mongolian capital Ulaan Baator with three horses to begin his journey to Hungary, an expedition that took over three years during which he experienced friendships, hardships, and numerous adventures, bureaucratic officialdom, and alcoholics galore. Yet he survived and this book gives a detailed account of his travels.
You will join him as he travels through Mongolia, then Kazakhstan. Here he acquired a young dog which travelled on with him through heat, sub-zero temperatures, drought, and food shortages. He also enjoyed hospitality from nomads wherever he went with the spectre of vodka ever before him. On to Russia, Crimean Peninsula, and Ukraine itself before Hungary and a dramatic conclusion to this epic journey.
In the course of his story Tim also gives us accounts of the ancient and recent history of the peoples in the areas he visited. There is also an excellent collection of colour photographs at book’s end, details of historical characters in the text, and even a glossary of words from several ethnic groups. The latter will prove invaluable to any reader who wants to order vodka if ever in the places he mentions.