Brian has variously been described as a curmudgeon, a reprobate, a humbug, and a scurrilous hypocrite. Those are descriptions that his friends apply to him. And his enemies? Well, with such lexically accomplished friends, who needs enemies?
For further insights into Brian's character, it may be noted that when his adorable wife, Marie (author of 'Dangerous Journey'), is being especially adorable, Brian can be suffused with almost searing flashes of optimism and then believes that life holds more than political prevarication, financial failures, moral mendacity and spiritual spuriousness. Sometimes he even thinks that writing is one of life's more elevated activities. And then, sometimes, he doesn't..!
on Sep. 21, 2010 :
I found the book Around Rakaposhi an interesting and worthwhile read. This is one of a few up-to-date books about northern Pakistan. Having had first hand experience of the area and the unique people that live there, I very much enjoyed the stories.
The book is written in an easy to read style and contains both useful cultural and historic details of the area of the Hunza Valley. With the disastrous landslide that the closed the KKH, the northern road into Pakistan in January 2010 and the massive flooding in the south this September, has made travelling in Pakistan difficult. It is not for the fainthearted or inexperienced. This book will help you gain a greater insight into Pakistani culture and customs.
Brian H Jones spent two and a half years working in the north. He was accompanied there by his wife, Marie. The story outlines the challenges that they met both in a personal as well as a professional capacity. He describes the background to the work in the Education field that he did. Education is critical for Pakistan’s future.
In all, they returned home after some worthwhile and culturally enriching experiences. The book provides useful background reading to anyone intending to travel there or go to Afghanistan. It will also be well received by armchair travellers or people that enjoy travelling.
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