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Jupiter's Travels [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Ted Simon
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29. November 2012
Jupiter's Travels -Ted Simon's astonishing 4 year motorbike journey around the world The book that inspired Ewan McGregor's Long Way Round In the late 1970s Ted Simon set off on a Triumph and rode 63,000 miles over four years through fifty-four countries in a journey that took him around the world. Through breakdowns, prison, war, revolutions, disasters and a Californian commune, he travelled into the depths of fear and reached the heights of euphoria.He met astonishing people and was treated as a spy, a welcome stranger and even a god. For Simon the trip became a journey into his own soul, and for many others - including bikers Charley Boorman and Ewan McGrergor - it provides an inspiration they will never forget.This classic text, which has informed a whole genre of travel writing in the thirty years since it was first published, will never be bettered for sheer adventure, passion, humour and honesty.Brought up in England by a German mother and a Romanian father, Ted Simon found himself impelled by an insatiable desire to explore the world. It led him to abandon an early scientific career in favour of journalism, and he has worked for several newspapers and magazines on Fleet Street and elsewhere. Ted Simon is also the author of Riding Home and The Gypsy in Me.

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  • Taschenbuch: 464 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin; Auflage: Reprint (29. November 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0140054103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140054101
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11 x 18 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.9 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (16 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 34.321 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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A compelling narrative that moves, sometimes at breakneck speed, over some of the world's most beautiful and mysterious terrain ? packed with fascinating detail, splendid characterizations, and hair-raising adventures. (Boston Globe)

Vivid description of driving under conditions that were often ferocious. (NY Times)

Extremely readable, full of keen observation, perceptive insight ? conveying action, drama, tension and danger. (LA Times)

The best motorcycle travel book ever written. (Motorcycle Sport)

By all means TAKE THE PLUNGE. (Rider Magazine) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Brought up in England by a German mother and a Romanian father, Ted Simon found himself impelled by an insatiable desire to explore the world. It led him to abandon an early scientific career in favour of journalism, and he has worked for several newspapers and magazines on Fleet Street and elsewhere. Ted Simon is also the author of Riding Home and The Gypsy in Me.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Run Out and Buy This Book! 9. Juni 1999
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JupiterÕs Travels stays with you long after you close the book. it is a classic travel narrative which belongs with the finest: ThesigerÕs Arabian Sands, NaipaulÕs An Area of Darkness, ChatwinÕs In Patagonia. Ted SimonÕs motto should be Carpe Diem. One day he decided to stop what he was doing to travel around the world on a Triumph motorcycle. The trip took him four years to complete. Ted shares with us his thoughts and feelings during the journey and his insights into many different cultures. What impresses me most, however, is TedÕs openness towards the people he meets and their different modes of life, and his honesty with himself and with us, his readers. Best of all, before our eyes, he grows and becomes a wiser person. He changes and so do we!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Oh this is just great~! 18. Juli 2000
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I have to put in my plug if you are only considering this book. If you love adventure stories about people who REALLY do "stuff" get this. I love stories from the heart about normal people who just one day decide to do a remarkable something with their life. You will remember his "journal-type" story forever. I read this over 10 years ago. I flash back all the time on Jupiters' journey, as it was physical but went deeply into into his purpose and sense of self. Gosh, I think he meant to take us all willing to go too, WITH him by writing this like a gift. I don't think he wrote this thinking "oh I better not talk about God becasue there might be non-belivers out there who won't like me anymore". I think he wrote this as it was nessary for someone like ME to KNOW someONE was talking RISKS somewhere out in the huge world even if I wasn't. Sit back and enjoy this ride! If you like this kind of thing and it not a motorbike fixtation only,- try; In Praise Of Older Women" too. It has no Motorbikes at all, (ha!) but is a deep real entertaining and sexy story of the remarkable life of one Man reaching his own vision of life, by bumbling thu a bunch of women. Now thats a journey too. And Its just cool. If I haven't lost you yet another to look at is Iron and Silk. And I think theres even a motorbike in that one, and a few Chinese proverbs to ponder.
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Ted Simon was a writer first and a motorcycle rider somewhere after that. Do not confuse this book with a mere description of places visited and how to keep a bike running. Jupiter's Travels includes some of the most insightful writing about carrying on through one's life; now hurtling, now crawling, but always with his senses fully operating and his mind delightfully able to capture and describe penetrating glimpses. Mr Simon reflects on the many ways of dealing with the variable textures of humanity, the testing of one's mettle while admitting to shortcomings, and in doing so this the book involves a greater metaphorical value, something that few so-called travel writers ever attain. Mr Simon's resourcefulness, his strategies, and his often intuitive approach to living on the road for four years will provide any reader, and particularly a prospective long-term traveler, with a book that will be remembered and perhaps even consulted in retrospect. When the boat is late and the sky is dark, when the customs people are being intransigent and the alleys seem full of bandits, when the dust becomes so thick that you can chew it -- you will find yourself wondering: how would Ted Simon deal with a time like this?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen You Need This Book! 17. Juli 2000
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Looks like a book about a guy riding a motorcycle around the world, doesn't it? Well, Jupiter's Travels is that and a whole lot more. It's an inspiring object lesson in turning a dream into reality. It's also a reminder that there are more good people than bad people in the world. Ted Simon's experience shows what wonderful things can happen when you finally realize you can't have a contingency plan for everything and that if you embrace risk and the unknown, you'll be the richer for it. I've ridden more than 200,000 miles on motorcycles, but I am in absolute awe of Mr. Simon. He's currently roving the U.S. on a yellow Triumph Tiger, writing his impressions for MOTORCYCLIST magazine and promoting his books. If he comes to your town, by all means, go to his lecture.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Light years ahead of his time! 1. Februar 1999
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It still boggles the mind to think of the magnitude of what he accomplished, especially considering how far the technology of both bikes and accessories has come since Ted set out on his epic two-wheeled journey around the world. Nowadays you see folks riding big expensive dual-sport twins and triples from the likes of BMW and Triumph, sporting their exteme Kevlar/Gortex riding suits. But IMHO they dont seem to have the time or imagination to ride further than the nearest Mel's Drive-in. Seems to drive home the message that we, especially in the US have become so technology-obsessed that we are no longer capable of implementing a grand vision such as Ted did back in the 'stone-ages' of the '70s.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen forever young..Jupiter travels ...still 30. Januar 2001
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First of all I have to appologize for my bad english. It is sometimes difficult to word things right, when you are a german;) I happend to meet this book in the early 80's when it was first released in german language. Since then this book (and the following book of ted simon) was a permanent partner of myself, during my travels with my moto guzzi motorbike through europe and parts of asia. After a longer visit in hospital;), what happens when cars cause accidents with motorbikes, I bought this book and found out that it is the most impressing literature you can ever wish to read, when you are planing to go on long lasting travels, not caring if it is by bike, car or other kind of vehicle. My own experiences very often were similar to what Ted Simon had experienced. What you find is yourSELF, on the long run. Almost 20 years since I bought this book, even if it followed me on my trips for many thousand miles, with now worn off book covers, and a not so nice looking "outfit" this book still has a very special place on my bookshelf..six star rating for this book. Too bad that it is not available in german language anymore as far as i know.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Jupiters Travels
ein wunderbares Motorradreisebuch, dem es auf einzigartige Weise gelingt, den Zauber des Reisens per Motorrad erlebbar zu machen. Sehr zu empfehlen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein Klassiker
Ein absoluter Klassiker fuer jeden, der Reiselust hat. Neben den spannenden Erlebnissen auch sehr viel tiefgreifender Stoff ueber das Leben selbst. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Oktober 2011 von John Müller
3.0 von 5 Sternen Not just about motorcycle travel
I was thrilled by this book. All the way up until about the last 50 pages, anyway. This book is certainly not just a travel log of the author's exploits across the globe. Mr. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. März 2000 von Chad Hervig
5.0 von 5 Sternen Stuck in a rut? Read this book
I haven't even finished reading the book yet, actually Ted has only reached Cape Town. But his journey down the African continent has already left a deep impression on me.. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Januar 2000 von martyn john herman
5.0 von 5 Sternen inspiring
I went to a slide show at Powell's Travel Bookstore where Ted Simon showed slides from his journey and talked a little about his experiences. I was fascinated and bought the book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 19. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Million Thumbs Up!
If you are a rider and you havent read this CLASSIC you should be ashamed of yourself! "Jupiters Travels" is REQUIRED READING! Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 6. April 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen man avoids responsibilities for four years
How many times do you have to rebuild a Triumph before it will make it around the world? Read this book and find out. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 27. November 1998 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen And there's a beer in Australia for you too mate
a DAMNED good read. I agree with the last reviewer totally. I was sick and confined to bed at the girlfirends house when I read this book and it was a blessing, a darned good... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 13. Oktober 1998 veröffentlicht
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