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by Anthony Smith

  • ISBN: 0140095969
  • Category: Reference
  • Author: Anthony Smith
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Trade Paperback Edition edition (December 4, 1990)
  • Pages: 256 pages
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  • Rating: 4.1
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Series: Penguin Travel Library. Paperback: 256 pages

Series: Penguin Travel Library. Paperback: 256 pages. The animal was a blind cave fish.

Ever since Blind White Fish in Persia, his first book, Anthony Smith has blended personal adventure with major subjects. His book, The Body was a bestseller which was then followed by The Seasons. In all he has written twenty-six books, travelled to seventy countries, presented numerous television programmes (notably with the BBC's Natural History Unit) and given very many radio talks.

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PENGUIN TRAVEL BOOKS (PENGUIN BOOKS) Series Note: xxxx. Arranged alphabetically by title. Blind White Fish in Persia Anthony Smith 1990. The Chateaux of the Loire Marcus Binney 1993. Against a Peacock Sky Monica Connell 1993.

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95 pbk. Excellently titled, and the first of Anthony Smith’s long line of travel and science books, this is an excuse for a peculiarly British sort of romp

95 pbk. Excellently titled, and the first of Anthony Smith’s long line of travel and science books, this is an excuse for a peculiarly British sort of romp. No blind white Persian fish are ever encountered, but as a device they serve their purpose admirably.

This book gives an account of a small Oxford University expedition to Persia in 1950 to bring back specimens of a fish, allegedly white and sightless, which was said to inhabit the underground water-courses of Iran. Though the four young men that made up the expedition failed in their quest, they discovered rural Persia where villagers still led medieval lives. The story includes an account of the qanats - the underground irrigation and tunnels employing ancient technology which still criss-cross the country making life in the desert possible.
Reviews about Blind White Fish in Persia (Penguin Travel Library) (7):
Macage
great
Kagda
This is a wonderful book, well written , beautifully describes the way of life, the geography of the land and the mentality of villagers. The warmth of the people in receiving the foreigners. Anthony Smith description is very real and comprehensive.
Umor
Rather boring, I would say!
Peras
Can you imagine a book title simultaneously so intriguing and off-putting as "Blind White Fish in Persia?" I discovered this book decades ago and just had the pleasure of re-reading it. It's a first-person account of an expedition to Iran by a bunch of wet-behind-the-ears Oxford undergraduates who, having secured a small grant from the University, set off for Iran in 1950 in search of an animal that might or might not exist. The animal was a blind cave fish. Blind cave fish exist in various parts of the world; what made this one unique--if it existed--was that it was supposedly endemic to an ancient system of subterranean aqueducts called qanats that bring water down from the high mountains to irrigate agriculture in the desert. That would presumably mean it originated within the historic time frame of the qanat system. The kids didn't really know what they were doing, and the narrative is often hilarious. It also gives a vivid portrait of life in the remote hinterlands of Iran as it was in 1950--and is perhaps still today. The author went on to a distinguished career.
elektron
"...a stimulating, entertaining record or an expedition...In Anthony Smith, one of the four young men who made the long trek, we have that rare and entrancing combination of scientific knowledge, love of adventure and the power to describe both. The author, a zoologist, was first drawn to the idea of exploring Persia's vast underground water channels by a casual statement in a book, 'Blind, white fish live in the qanats and make for excellent eating.' A challenging and curious remark that cried for verification."
Tejora
I read this book decades ago, it was one of my wonderful finds in a 2nd hand book shop. I loved reading about rural life in Iran, and discovering the story of qanats - those amazing ancient channels built so painstakingly by generations of farmers...... it was inspiring, and a book I have never forgotten. I highly recommend it to all who are interested in Iran, in rural development, in the history of water and agriculture, etc.
Agamaginn
Fascinating look back.

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