Book Review #24: The Gobi Desert


Author: Pierre Benoit

Genre: Travel, Adventure, Fiction

Language: English

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd.

Date of publication: October 30, 2015

Date of original publication: 1941

Original language: French

No. of pages: 161


This is an unusual adventure story narrating a hunting expedition in search of the legendary snow tiger in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia in 1926.


The story revolves around three principal characters: beautiful night-club dancer Alzire, Michael Rodianko, an ex-liuetenant in the former Russian imperial army, and Jack Sanders, a rough Australian adventurer. The plot involves lot of dramatic descriptions and colorful imagery which helps in creating a powerful impact in the minds of the readers. However, that is all that book was for me. The characters meandered a lot in fruitless ambition which left me floundering. I did not find any coherency in the story to make it an enjoyable read.

My opinion: The book definitely had lot of potential, but however it fell short of expectations that I had after reading the description.

My rating: 2 out of 5


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