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There Are Other Rivers [Kindle Edition]

Alastair Humphreys
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Alastair Humphreys walked across India, from the Coromandel Coast to the Malabar Coast, following the course of a holy river.
Walking alone and spending the nights sleeping under the stars, in the homes of welcoming strangers or in small towns and villages, he experienced the dusty enchantment of ordinary, real India on the smallest of budgets.
There Are Other Rivers tells the story of the walk through an account of a single day as well as reflecting on the allure of difficult journeys and the eternal appeal of the open road.

Nominated for National Geographic’s ‘Adventurer of the Year’

Reviews for previous books:
- “Believe me, he can write, and rather well” - Geographical
- “...displays a tendency for Big Hairy Audacious Goals that is almost unnerving.”

on Amazon:
- “This book has it all: it’s a great travel read, a look into the human soul and how most people, given enough determination, could attempt something like this.”
- “No expensive equipment or ‘fastest, strongest, quickest’; just a brilliant, understated story.”
- “Simply outstanding.”
- “If you prefer the comfort of your armchair these books will still stir your imagination and curiosity for the world.”
- “An absolute must-read or any passionate traveller.”

on GoodReads:
- “Wow... another great book by Alastair Humphreys.”
- “One of the best adventure travel books I’ve read.”

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 316 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BJ5E1E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,209 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Alastair Humphreys is an Adventurer, Microadventurer, Author and Blogger.

He spent over 4 years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and 5 continents.
More recently Alastair has walked across southern India, run 6 marathons through the Sahara desert, completed a crossing of Iceland, and participated in an expedition in the Arctic (close to the magnetic North Pole) and rowed across the Atlantic Ocean.
Alastair has trekked 1000 miles across the Empty Quarter desert and 120 miles round the M25 - one of his pioneering microadventures.

He was named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his microadventures - simple, local adventures perfect for people's busy lives.

Customer Reviews

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, inspiring and well recommended. 21 Feb. 2012
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I've read countless adventure and travel books and the majority fail to address the psychology of why we love to travel - a genuinely interesting subject matter. This book manages to explore our constant desire for travel in a clear and tangible way by following a simple walk across India.

The journey itself is not as spectacular or 'epic' in comparison to his other adventures, yet it manages to perfectly capture the essence of an adventure. He really emphasizes key elements such as the 'get up and go' factor and I love it.

Simple chapter headings, 'sunrise, dawn, challenge, alone' etc will keep the reader entranced and enthralled in this journey. As with all of Alastair Humphrey's books they are beautifully written, a rarity for this genre, it really does make such a difference to read, for the simple element of expression.

If you are a 'traveller' (I use that expression reluctantly), or a more noble adventurer, then this is the book for you. I myself have done cycle touring and I could now comfortably settle down to life of cups of tea and heated car seats, this book reignites the spark in me to get back on the open road, and when I do, the first thing I do will be to pack this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is another India 17 July 2013
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This was the first book I read by Alastair Humphreys which I came across quite by accident whilst looking for something else but I'm so glad I did. It is not like any other travel book I have read before where you get an almost day-by-day account of a journey in diary form. This book captures 'Alastair's India' as he walks the length of a holy river, condensed into what appears to be a single day. Alastair writes, "I don't have the capacity to bottle the extraordinary essence of India" but in the 121 pages I felt he did exactly that. Not only are there some incredible descriptive passages of daily life in rural India, some wonderful insights into the philosophy of travel through the use of interior monologues, but the occasional dramatic aside pulls you into the action, and the vocabulary and patterns of language used throughout complement the content and make this a highly sensory read.

For those of you who are thinking about dipping your toe in the water and setting out on a journey of your own, be it a small 'Microadventure' at home or a 'Macroadventure' in far flung lands, this book would be a great travel read and inspiration for your own journey.

This is short enough to read in one sitting and yet packed full of interesting thoughts about travel and delivered with great humour. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I'm one of those people who devour adventure books because vicariously I can be out there experiencing it too. In this book Alastair takes us on an internal journey as much as describing parts of his walk across India. It resonated with me deeply in parts, the need to be someone extraordinary, the desire to shed all physical possessions and just exist simply. I identify with the need to keep moving - I move every few years but I'm not as brave as Alastair. I also fell in love with India when I travelled there. It's one of those places I felt at home in so it was great to revisit some of those impressions through the eyes of such a seasoned traveller.

I find myself strangely jealous of the freedom to sleep under the stars, to walk towards the setting sun, to take each day anew. If you sometimes feel this way, you'll love this book. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zen and the art of travel maintenance 15 Jan. 2013
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To quote a passage from the book 'This book is not a chronological narrative across's like an adventure haiku and a few excerpts should suffice to recount the walk'. There then follows twenty four brief points that do that so well but what sort of book is it?

This is an extremely well written book by a well travelled, knowledgeable and educated person. Whilst he has previously spent four years cycling around the world, for this trip he chose to walk instead. The opening author's note states that the trip's objective was 'to attempt to articulate my fascination with the open road and the magnetism of the next horizon (plus) strike a chord with anyone restless and yearning for a long journey'.

Whilst I am not 'restless and yearning for a long journey' I do get itchy feet and need to find a beach, a mountain or an exotic environment whenever and as often as possible (preferably requiring an air ticket). India, especially Mumbai, is a regular trip and I was not disappointed with the people, sights, sounds and smells depicted in this book. The real India is captured in many enchanting, descriptive passages which are poetic in their simplicity. This alone would give the book its recommendation.
For me Alistair Humphreys has also met his other objective as I now have a better understanding of what drives a person to become an 'explorer'.

This is an interesting book on many levels but for me is at its best when capturing the light and shade of India, which so many writers find it difficult to do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This should give you itchy feet 29 Jun. 2012
This isn't your usual travel book. The author eschews a linear narrative in favour of an episodic approach while musing on the nature of such trips and the emotions they evoke in the traveller. Sometimes it's not even an episode, but just the recollection of a fleeting moment - like catching the eye of a person hurrying past and exchanging smiles - to illustrate an aspect of solo travel.

Whether you like this or not may well depend on whether you've ever done any such travelling yourself. Anyone who has ever backpacked in a developing country will recognise his descriptions of the boredom and discomfort, of being stared at and inundated with questions. But then there are the things that make it all worthwhile: joining in village cricket matches, an invitation to a Hindu temple, being caught up in a wild, unexplained celebration. And through it all, the generosity of the people, even when they are totally bemused by his plan to walk across India and never accept a lift.

I was hooked a few pages in after identifying with his three stages of flabbiness - descending from physical through mental to moral - and how getting on the road is one way of combating this. (Note to self: fix bike and get on road.) The only small niggle I have is that I would have liked attributions for the quotes that start each chapter. It's the first of his books that I've read (although I do follow him on Twitter and dip into his inpirational blog occasionally) but this will certainly encourage me to catch up with his back catalogue.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative and successful neo-travel memoir
I really recommend this!

It's a nice introspective companion to (in fact, substitute for) a travelogue piece: he wrote this instead of a regular post-adventure cash-in... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Jon H
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautifully written, another fantastic book by Mr humphreys
Published 1 month ago by Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and personal
Great book...engaging and personal. Really rate the integrity this guy has...emailed a question and had a response on the same day by the author.
Published 1 month ago by James Crockett
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing gem of a book, fascinating and insightful and a joy to read
This book is incredible. I have read Alistair’s book about micro-adventures and enjoyed it so much I thought I would try another. Read more
Published 2 months ago by gorillalady1
5.0 out of 5 stars Capturing the mindset of a compulsive adventurer
Into the mind of someone who loves to travel, adventure, to rough it, to live hard and uncomfortable, to test themselves - why do they do it? What is it all about? Read more
Published 2 months ago by alex g
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Alastair writes well. Quite a short book though.
Published 2 months ago by EMW Denison
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Not quite your usual travel book and it took me a while to get used to the style, but once adapted, a great read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Simon Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing stuff, Great buy
Published 5 months ago by M. Foster
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Published 5 months ago by Gavinphez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice book arived on time
Published 6 months ago by lee bryan
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