1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2007
Mark Shand has a unique way of narrating his amazing journeys. Very descriptive and atmostpheric. You just want to keep turning the pages as you travel with him and can't wait, like him, to see what's around the next corner. This is definately the book for the armchair traveller. I'm always sorry when his adventures end.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2011
Unlike other reviewers, I found the focus on the dog to be irritating and contrived. Irritating because I wanted to read about Tibet, North East India and Bangladesh and not how much his dog ate or how well it could fight or copulate; contrived, because it felt like in the absence of being able to navigate the first half of the river (weather made him choose to tackle the lower part of the river first and then when he wanted to start on the upper part the Chinese authorities revoked their permission) he decided he needed some other content to justify a book and he decided to replicate the success of his earlier travels by travelling with an animal. However, in the earlier work his companion was an elephant and there was real interest for a European reader. A dog just didn't add enough for me.
I do, however, like his writing. When he describes places and people it is very easy to visualise. I think this book would have made a wonderful magazine article. As a book it lacked substance. But when he mentions some of the costs he incurred in making the trip (hire of various boats, different crews, cooks, porters and British Airways flights for a travelling companion) I can see why he felt compelled to find a way of making a book.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2009
I absolutely loved this book and fell in love with Bhaiti the dog that Mark makes the adventure with - and of course other characters. Trials and tribulations of border crossings and sometimes it looks like the journey might not ever be complete. A great travel book that transported me to India and the Brahmaputra River. It was very sad at the end when Mark had to say goodbye to his companion but like all good stories it had a happy ending. I enjoyed the book so much that it inspired me to book a riding holiday to Assam and I was able to ride along the banks of the Brahmaputra.