- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Vintage Departu. (3. März 1992)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0394758374
- ISBN-13: 978-0394758374
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 1,5 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 13 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 167.924 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Road Fever (Vintage Departures) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. März 1992
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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.
"A travelogue with an attitude, a road book with a ragged edge and purely gonzo sensibilities" Los Angeles Times "Tim Cahill is the working-class Paul Theroux. He delights in finding stories too peculiar to be labelled merely off-beat" New York Times "Tim Cahill is one of those rare types whose fun quotient seems to increase in direct proportion to the diceyness of the situation" San Francisco Examiner "Tim Cahill has the what-the-hell adventuresomeness of T. E. Lawrence and the humor of P. J. O'Rourke" Conde Nast Traveler -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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.
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
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
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.
I would take issue with a comment by Rosseroo (below), however: I don't think enjoyment of these books is at all gender-specific; I'm a woman who is only sorry that she's read all of Cahill's books (I wish there were more!). And I haven't shared them with anyone, male or female, who didn't find them hilarious.
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