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Tracks [Kindle Edition]

Robyn Davidson
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A strong, salty fresh book by an original and individual young woman ... This will rank among the best of the books of exploration and travel and, like them, is a record of self-discovery and self-proving Doris Lessing An absorbing record of human endeavour and courage, a vivid picture of an extraordinary country by a perceptive and sensitive observer, and the story of an inner journey, of "shedding burdens" Sydney Morning Herald It gets to the heart of landscape and solitude and becomes a venture to the interior of more than one dimension as its author approaches the hinterland of her own thorny psyche Observer As eccentric, undisciplined, flashily brilliant and pig-headed as its author ... Ms Davidson is a born writer, her book deeply moving Daily Telegraph Vivid and vivacious ... Davidson is as natural a writer as she is an adventurer New Yorker

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The prize-winning, bestselling account of one woman's solo journey across 1,700 miles of Australian Outback - now a major motion picture

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2598 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 1 edition (1 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0093K1M0A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,058 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A woman's adventure across Australia 23 Aug 2012
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The first part of Tracks is spent getting to know Robyn and her desires for this trip. She starts out in a small place called Alice Springs where she learns everything she needs to know before setting out on her journey. It was really refreshing to learn about such a small place in Australia and also how the people there different from those in large cities and towns. This is where Robyn learns how to care for camels, which are one of the largest parts of her trip, and how to look after herself out in the open. The characters that she meets both help and hinder her education.

Not only do you really get to know Robyn and her beliefs but also her camels. I know how strange that might sound but they really have their own personalities and stand out so much from one another. Robyn's relationships with her camels was one of the best aspects of this book for me. After spending so long learning how to care for a camel, how to treat injuries and how to make them work for her instead of against her, these animals were like main characters to me. Their antics made for some funny reading but there are also some quite tense moments with them at the same time.

When I first started reading this book, I imagined there would be quite a lot of boring parts where nothing much happened. As this adventure was trekking across the desert, I figured that this would take up most of the book. It doesn't. I was thankful to Robyn for not writing about these long, boring times where all she did really was walk. I know that this was a big part of her trip and she would have crossed a lot of miles doing just this but it doesn't exactly make for exciting reading. However, there were of course times where some of this is written about but only when something important happened.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable 9 Sep 2001
By A Customer
I read the book in 3 days. It was excellent to start off with as you follow Robyn training camels. Also her account of life in Alice springs seemed realistic and down to earth. I was disappointed with how the book ended however. I thought she could have gone on to talk about how she readjusted back into 'ordinary' life, and I didn't really understand the relationship she had with the photographer(perhaps she didn't understand it either!!).If he was as irritating as she said she should have dumped him and continued the trip alone as planned. Nevertheless, this intelligent woman was brave and adventurous. It is a good bedside read but it didn't leave me 'on a high' like some books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the movie 6 Jan 2014
By Jules
An amazing tale by a remarkable person about an unbelievable achievement. I read this while I was in Australia in some of the locations about which she writes and I really felt I was on her journey with her, so good were her descriptions of people, animals and places.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing account of one womans jorney 18 Feb 2004
I am writing this several months after reading it and I can still remember the emotion I felt when I read it. It is a truly outstanding book. I originally got the book as I am interested in animal stories, although this is about animals it is more about one womans goal and how much she goes through to reach her destination, both literally and emotionally. Though out this story I was crying and laughing as she carried me along the trail with her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks to the daily telegraph 2 May 2014
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read an article in the above the other saturday re the above (there is a film soon) & although we tend toward mountains this is a good read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Camels 30 April 2014
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I did not believe that I could become so involved in the personalities of camels. How courageous Robyn was on her journey and her writing vividly captures the pain and suffering as well as the elation that she went thorugh on this journey of self-discovery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Making good tracks 14 July 2014
‘Tracks’ is an inspirational book of how one young woman walked from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean in 1977 accompanied by three camels and a dog. She is rightly indignant at the treatment of the Aboriginals since the first Europeans landed to how they continued to be treated during her travels. Sadly my own experience of being in outback Western Australia in 2001 confirms that for some those attitudes have not changed. The late seventies however was a period of change as the idealism of the sixties and early seventies gave way to a harsher pragmatism. There is a great line early on in the book about how many of the world’s angriest feminists have hailed from Australia who left as soon as they were able to.

The book also goes into much more detail than the recent film which inevitably jettisoned some incidents and of course authorial inner insights are also lost in order to tell a more simplified and linear story. The complex relationship between the author and the photographer from ‘National Geographic’ who sponsored the trip is also much more drawn out than in the film. Where the book really excels and what the film hinted at in some of its more memorable images is in how something as simple as walking, albeit in one of the most beautiful and harshest landscapes in the world, can be transmogrified into an experience as the author herself says akin to the Dreamtime. ‘Tracks’ is an affirmation that life is much more about doing what is expected of us and finding the time to follow a passion whatever that might be. ‘Camel trips do not begin or end, they merely change form’.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing ebook
bought for kindle read in 2 days. amazing ebook
Published 2 days ago by jurema
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Boring at first, but it does get much better!
Published 22 days ago by LaraMascaraNYC
5.0 out of 5 stars Following tracks happily
Only a few chapters in and already I'm hooked on her story. Poetic, harsh and very real, this will keep me reading until there are no tracks left to follow...
Published 22 days ago by Richard Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
An intelligently written book with an interesting and alternative perspective. written around thirty years ago but still fresh even today.
Published 25 days ago by M. Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars I am still reading this and enjoying it but I ...
I am still reading this and enjoying it but I do wonder what on earth posessed the author at the time of dreaming up this trip. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lady in blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I was eager to read her book after watching the film. I thought there would be more "guts" to her actual story and I was not wrong. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M J CORIN
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely adored this book; soul stirring from its ...
I absolutely adored this book; soul stirring from its start to its end. Fabulous read for anyone, anywhere, who has a sense that there must be more to life than the hum and drum...
Published 1 month ago by LucyBee
4.0 out of 5 stars Having had some dealings with camels I loved her understanding of them...
I deliberately read the book before seeing the film, but am now not sure I want to see it as it will inevitably not match the mental pictures I built up from the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Al B
1.0 out of 5 stars Not only an epic walk across the vastness of the ...
Not only an epic walk across the vastness of the Australian western deserts, but a journey of personal catharsis into a reality of deeper meaning and relationship with the earth,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good book, quick delivery
I was really looking forward to get this book and I wasn't disappointed. I received it very quickly and I'm enjoying the reading. Read more
Published 2 months ago by renata
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