In 2002 Rory Stewart began his solo walk across Afghanistan. He started in Herat and ended in Kabul. He completed his journey in the middle of winter crossing some of the most rugged and poor parts of Afghanistan. He often relied on local villagers for food and places to sleep. It is impossible to read The Places in Between without thinking, Why is he doing this? Stewart struggled with illness, inhospitable climates and people; however, he also visited some amazing places and had a firsthand look at Afghanistan after the Taliban had been recently overthrown.
I found myself going back and forth between being intrigued by aspects of a completely different culture and frustrated with the Oxford-educated author who was depending on extremely poor, struggling people for food and shelter. Regardless of your feelings, The Places in Between offers a unique perspective to an area and culture that is significant in current global politics.
Rated: Moderate for a few instances of strong language. There are a few vulgar comments made by people Stewart meets and some violence toward animals and Stewart. None of these comments or instances are graphic, but since the book is nonfiction and all events actually occurred, they seem harder to swallow.