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The Waiting Land: A Spell in Nepal [Paperback]

Dervla Murphy
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15 Oct 2011
In "The Waiting Land" (first published in 1967) Dervla Murphy affectionately portrays the people of Nepal's different tribes, the customs of an ancient, complex civilization and the country's natural grandeur and beauty. This is the third of Dervla Murphy's early travel books: an exploration of Nepal by a feisty, generous-hearted young Irish woman. Yet it can also be seen as the completion of a trilogy of books concerned with her experience of self- sufficient mountain cultures, first tasted in crossing Persia and Afghanistan in "Full Tilt", and deepened with her experience of working with Tibetan refugees in the frontiers of Northern India, as told in "Tibetan Foothold". Having settled in a village in the Pokhara Valley to work at a Tibetan refugee camp, she makes her home in a tiny, vermin-infested room over a stall in the bazaar. In diary form, she describes her various journeys by air, by bicycle and on foot into the remote and mountainous Lantang region on the border of Tibet. Murphy's charm and sensitivity as a writer and traveller reveal not only the vitality of an age-old civilization facing the challenge of Westernisation, but the wonder and excitement of her own remarkable adventures.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Eland Publishing Ltd (15 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906011656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906011659
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dervla Murphy was born (and still lives) in Lismore, County Waterford in 1931. Full Tilt, her first book, describes her exuberant bicycle ride from Lismore to India, through Iran and Afghanistan. It has been followed by some twenty further titles, including an acclaimed memoir, Wheels within Wheels. Her most recent book is The Island That Dared, a series of journeys through Cuba, with her daughter Rachel and her three granddaughters. www.dervlamurphy.com

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic travel experience 29 April 2013
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Format:Kindle Edition
Dervla is a great writer and makes you feel like you are actually there with her.
She gives you a real feel that you are in the land and meeting the people
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Book from Dervla 8 April 2014
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Another really good book from Dervla Murphy. She revels being in the mountains and surrounded by mountain communities and desciribes both with equal clarity and passion.
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I have been a life long fan and have all the books. Now I am about to move and have come back from 4 months abroad, Dervla as e-books are fantastic, as I can take them with me anywhere. She is a great writer and I would not be without her along side on any future trip Always 5 stars.
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