- Taschenbuch: 247 Seiten
- Verlag: Eland Publishing Ltd (18. Januar 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1906011419
- ISBN-13: 978-1906011413
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,9 x 14 x 21 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 185.367 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 18. Januar 2010
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'Captivating ! an enchantment that holds the reader as engrossed as would an exciting thriller' -- Irish Independent 'A distinctive and highly entertaining account of the tribulations encountered and the beauty along the way' -- Times Educational Supplement 'Her seven-month journey is continuously entertaining, and her fortitude continuously astonishing' -- Sunday Telegraph 'By almost anyone else's standards she had a hell of a time, but she communicates a high enjoyment that will be shared by all her readers' -- Daily Telegraph 'Few people can have had a better chance of understanding Asian people than Dervla Murphy' -- Daily Telegraph 'This book has the charm of spontaneity and the ring of absolute truth' -- Irish Times 'Warmly described, and with a lack of self-regard that immediately endears her to the reader' -- Sunday Times "Warmly entertaining book ... range of engaging traveller's tales" -- Western Daily Press 20040110 'Fascinating, gripping and completely satisfying' -- Liverpool Echo 20040103 '[Dervla Murphy is] always great value ... fascinating account of her trials and tribulations, and also the beauty of her journey' -- Eastern Daily Press 20040124 'For an insight into a unique region, and a unique woman, you couldn't do much better than this.' -- James Herron, Geographical Magazine 20040301 'Dervla Murphy proves herself a true traveller ... who engages sympathy from the start by her qualities of tact, charity and courage' -- The Spectator 20040301 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Based on her daily diary, this is Dervla Murphy's account of her ride, in 1963, across frozen Europe and through Persia and Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan and into India, during one of the worst winters in memory. She has written other travel books, including "In Ethiopia with a Mule". -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Riding a bike from Ireland to India, what a magnificent feat in itself! Her observations and reflections on the ancient, remote cultures she comes across in Afganistan and Pakistan are recorded very beautifully and emphatically. She strives to consider all perspectives and in the process adds many dimensions to the story of her travels. Her books is full of deep insights that I think a lucky few in the world will have the opportunity to conclude themselves. As a previous reviewer has put it, "Why isn't Murphy more famous?" I wonder the same! My only guess is that perhaps she hasn't made the rounds on the American circuit... where the mass media machine is more far reaching and dominating.
Overall the books is beautifully written in my opinion. Being a native South Asian myself, and having lived in the high peaks of the Himalayas, I find it to be a really interesting foreign perspective on our cultures. Her prose are even more relevant today as swift modernization has really done more harm than good to the indigenous peoples at least on the Indian side of the mighty Himalayas. Meanwhile, war has taken it's toll on the Pakistani/Afghani side.
If you are reading this, thank you Dervla, for sharing your beautiful journey with the world. It is an inspiration.
Before I conclude this review, I'll share this brief excerpt from the book, one of my few favorites: "The more I see of unmechanized places and people, the more convinced I become that machines have done incalculable damage by unbalancing the relationship between Man and Nature. The mere fact that we think and talk as we do about Nature is symptomatic. For us to refer to Nature as a separate entity--something we admire or avoid or study or paint--shows how far we've removed ourselves from it.... I suppose all of scientific advances are a wonderful boost for the superior intellect of the human race but what those advances are doing to us seems to me quite literally tragic. After all, only a handful of people are concerned in the excitement and stimulation of discovering and developing, while millions lead feebler and more synthetic lives because of the achievements of that handful... people now use less than half their potential forces because "Progress" has deprived them of the incentive to live fully. I don't know what the end result of all this "progress" will be--something pretty dire, I should think. We remain part of Nature, however startling our scientific advances."
Her account of Afghanistan was the most fascinating part of the book for me, and her delight in these people was lovely to read. I would have preferred better maps, those provided are unsatisfactory and I thought somewhat vague. Dervla was very brave, respectful, curious, but somewhat naive and even foolhardy at times; cycling over one mountain range she could have died of hunger because it was totally uninhabited and she was unable to get food or shelter. Of course, she didn't cycle ALL the way to India, she got rides along the way. The thing that would strike a reader today, is her casual smoking, and exchange of cigarettes for the hospitality so generously given along the way as people refused to take her money. We must remember her experiences back then, in the 1940's could not be duplicated today because of the increase in guns, drugs other dangers. For that reason, if no other, this is a very interesting book, by a most brave and courageous woman.
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