Download PDF by Anthony Smith: Blind White Fish in Persia

By Anthony Smith

This e-book supplies an account of a small Oxford college day trip to Persia in 1950 to carry again specimens of a fish, allegedly white and sightless, which was once stated to inhabit the underground water-courses of Iran. notwithstanding the 4 younger males that made up the day trip failed of their quest, they found rural Persia the place villagers nonetheless led medieval lives. the tale contains an account of the qanats - the underground irrigation and tunnels making use of historic expertise which nonetheless criss-cross the rustic making lifestyles within the wilderness attainable.

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Yet perhaps it was to be a test for, without any warning and without any formality, a village in the south of Persia was going to inidst, receive these four, to have them to have them as their uninvited guests. living in their Why should BLIND WHITE FISH IN PERSIA We had read much about their coun- 46 not be possible? no prejudice existed in any of us concerning the but try convictheir ways; attitudes toward them and people and into any form tions about their lives had not been fashioned molded into be to at all; they were as a lump of clay ready had completed the first part by producing ourshape.

Palms and the warm A GENOA TO PERSIA 45 and we drove merrily round to the Exit Visa Department, the Customs House, a further department at the Air Port, the British and the Persian Embassies in our efforts to deal with all the formalities now that another week had begun and the offices had opened once more. The Persian Ambassador was vexed that we should be going to his country; he told us to remember that Persia had suffered heavily not look at during the two world wars and that we should the economic state of the country but only at the butterflies.

That evening we were driven along the coast road to Resfat, the largest Persian town on the Caspian. There exists Caviar is so valuable that or thirty boats is PERSIA TO KIRMAN 53 on such a small area of sea and the beach was short; the road had been made to go very close to the shore. It was no tide abnormal to have such a large expanse of water with so little two gaunt gulls perched activity associated with it. One or over the and sometimes a its at edge species of tern flew water; but otherwise there was nothing, nothing until the horizon put an end to it.

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