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Road Fever (Vintage Departures) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. März 1992


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  • Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Vintage Departu. (3. März 1992)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0394758374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394758374
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 1,6 x 20,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (13 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 578.258 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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If you define "adventure travel" as anything that's more fun to read about than to live through, then Tim Cahill's Road Fever is the adventure of a lifetime. Along with professional long-distance driver Garry Sowerby, Cahill drove 15,000 miles from the southernmost tip of Tierra del Fuego to the northernmost terminus of the Dalton Highway in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, from one end of the world to another, in a record-breaking 23 1/2 days. Just like the authors' camper-shelled GMC Sierra truck, the narrative bounces along at a relentless pace. Along the way Cahill and Sowerby cope with mood swings, engine trouble, Andean cliffs, obstinate bureaucracies, slick highways, armed and uncomprehending soldiery (not to mention the challenges of securing O.P.M., or Other People's Money--the sine qua non of adventure, Cahill observes). Author of such off-the-wall travelogues as Pass the Butterworms and Jaguars Ripped My Flesh, Cahill is equipped with the correct amalgam of chutzpah and dementia to survive what can only be called "The Road Trip From Hell." Readers, however, will thoroughly enjoy themselves.

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"A travelogue with an attitude, a road book with a ragged edge and purely gonzo sensibilities" (Los Angeles Times) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Von A. Ross am 29. April 1999
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I'd read one other Tim Cahill book before this, and I didn't like it one bit. However, the jacket to this caught my attention long enough to skim the flaps, where the concept behind the book got to me and I checked it out. The book is about Cahill's accompanying a friend on his attempt to set the world record (as adjudicated by Guinness) for driving from the tip of South America to the tip of Alaska in 1987. Cahill's tone is very intimate and chatty as he explains the myriad of logistical steps that have to be taken to mount such an event. Almost the first third of the book is taken up by describing the process of lining up sponsors, scouting the route, securing permissions and appropriate documentation for all the countries to be traveled through, and meeting with the Guinness people to ensure everything is done according to Hoyle (or rather, Guinness, in this case). Most of the rest of the book describes the trials and tribulations of the trek up to the US border. As might be imagined, there are many wacky hi-jinks and interesting encounters along the way. Cahill does a good job of recounting these, as well as capturing the interplay between the to men who are cooped up together driving day and night for almost a month. For good measure, the reader is given snapshots of history and interesting anecdotes about the places being passed through. Once again, I am puzzled by the lack of map, but its not really crucial to this book. A very enjoyable and quick read about a subject I'd never known anything about. I could be wrong, but I think this would be a more enjoyable read for men than women.
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Cahill, a fellow who does interesting things and writes about them for a living, went with Garry Sowerby of Canada on an endurance driving trip from Ushuaia in southern Argentina to Deadhorse, Alaska; this is the story.
Where Cahill succeeds most here is in descriptive talent. From his conflicts with Sowerby to the smells of the inside of the vehicle to the terrain around him to the encounters with customs officials of a dozen nations, he never fails to paint a credible and interesting picture. Tim has always been good about telling the story even if it makes him look foolish, and this sense of literary integrity is strong here.
The only thing I felt a little shorted by was the virtual lack of any description of any activity between the US/Mexican border and Fairbanks. I can imagine them blazing across the US and Canada up to the Alcan in a day with no trouble, and maybe not much happened, but the real Alcan gets more interesting as you get into the Yukon and beyond; it seems it was glossed over. If I had a half-star markdown I might use it, but it wouldn't be fair to Cahill to mark him down a whole star on what is otherwise a great book--maybe not much really happened, which would explain why not much is said.
Recommended for adventure travel lovers, particularly those focused on South America.
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Cahill is a perceptive master of travel Hell. He finds the most interesting and obsurdly unique adventures and makes you feel like your in the back seat riding along with a map upside down in your hands.
For anyone who has ever experienced travel Hell, Cahill makes your worst adventures pale by comparison. Through his exploits you learn that travel can be what you make of it... Hell or an adventure at
every turn.

The chapter on "Northworst" airlines is redemption for all of us who have been treated like cattle. You can't help but smile after reading his personal tirade against the airline. And, his insight into the big
business of the auto world in relation to an "unbiased" appraisal of the world record trek with a "standard" vehicle is classic.

This is a book you will pass along to anyone who travles or loves/hates South America
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Hunter S. Thompson may be Gonzo, but Garry Sowerby and Tim Cahill are Roto.
Sowerby and Cahill run a GMC pick-up from Tierra del Fuego to Prudhoe Bay in twenty three and a half days, breaking the world record in the process. Possibly even more amazing is the fact they survived almost exclussively on a thousand boxed milk shakes, beef jerky, and instant coffee mixed in ratios that can only be described as 'chunky'. As harrowing as narrow Andean mountain roads are, and boarder crossings made at gun point (literally)...one is left in awe and wonderment of their intestinal fortitude.
For anyone dreaming of such an adverture this book is a real wake up call. All you need is a bevey of sponsers,about three or four hunderd thousand dollars and enough international political contacts to qualify for an ambassadorship... before the trip begins.
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A wonderful telling of how two roto documentaros travel from the tip of Tierra del Fuego to the North Coast of Alaska while battling time, the elements, gasoline bandits, leftist revolutionaries, pit searches, PR men and the dangers of sparkling water based instant coffee. The surreal scene of the impromptu press conference in Quito, Ecuador, with our intrepid author fielding questions while Garry is busying promising death for the mechanic who modified the electrical system on the truck, is worth the price of admission. I'm only disappointed to see that Mr. Cahill has yet to finish the sure-fire bestseller Furry Fury which he gives a sypnosis for early in the book.
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