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4.0 out of 5 stars Meandering through Southern India, 6 April 2001
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This is an enjoyable read as Murphy explores one of the less frequently visited parts of India. Making light of travelling with her young daughter, Murphy still seeks out the exotic and unusual experiences that make this account of the meandering journey so readable. Murphy is at her best when describing the various landscapes through which she is travelling, whether it is the lush hinterland, the surrounding mountains or a vivid coastal sunset. Her natural disposition makes the conversations with local people vibrant and intriging, as all of her experiences are revealed to us, good or bad. Finally, the historical and cultural backgrounds are dealt with quickly and succinctly, leaving the reader time to savour the gentle journeying around a most interesting part of the sub-continent. Murphy's writing is still fresh and relevant today. A gem of a book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, 21 Feb 2003
The book has a special significance for me as i am from coorg. The places and even some people are familiar. The place is still as lovely as the author describes. Written in the casual style of an observant traveller as she traverses from history to culture to hilarity, the book takes you on a wonderful and insightful journey. Although I must admit that some of her observations of the indian character and behavior are typical of certain groups only. Still a wonderful and courageous journey
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5.0 out of 5 stars On a Shoestring to Coorg, 9 Nov 2010
Dervla Murphy is one of the great travel writers - she travels with few belongings, she gets to know the locals, she's easy-going, adventurous and takes everything in her stride. And, her words paint a wonderful picture. In this book she describes her travels through southern India, however there's an added dimension because she's travelling with her five year old daughter. Dervla certainly doesn't constrain her daughter at all, with the result that both of them become totally immersed in the Indian way of life. I almost felt I was travelling with them as they experienced all the frustrations, the joys, the beauty and the fascination of this part of the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ, 26 April 2014
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I BOUGHT THIS BOOK FOR MY FRIEND WHO HAS READ OTHER BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR. SHE LIKES THE WAY THE READER IS DRAWN IN TO THE JOURNEY
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real flavour for an exceptional region, 26 May 2013
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This review is from: On a Shoestring to Coorg: Experience of Southern India (Hardcover)
Dervla never fails to find exciting interesting things wherever she is. She makes everyone and everything seem special. Always down to earth. Makes you want to go there!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 3 Dec 2012
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Reason for buying? I am thinking of touring this area next year and want as much information as possible. Although this is not an up to date book I don't think the area has changed very much as it isn't really on the tourist route. Certainly interesting reading about travelling with a young child and minimal belongings. I was shocked that they managed to leave Mumbai airport without one person asking them if they needed help with their bags or transport!!! That tells you right at the beginning of the book how they are travelling!! Although a white mother and child they obviously looked like they had no money!! I have travelled a lot in South India and enjoyed her views on Kerala, although I felt, good to reminisce.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating, 13 Nov 2012
I have bought most of this author's works; some I have read more than once as her literary style is matched only by her amazing personality which shines through every chapter. Her enthusiasm for her travelling discoveries - and what fascinating locations she has revealed to us !! - is evident on every page and this book is no exception.
Before reading this book, I had not heard of this area of India; as always after 'joining ' Ms Murphy in her travels, I now feel I know the people she describes and certainly always have a better understanding of different cultures and attitudes after reading one of her books. I have enormous admiration for her ability to cope with the most unusual circumstances, primitive conditions, strange food and worst of all in my opinion, ghastly beasties, especially the insects!!
I can only recommend without hesitaion this writer to anyone who wishes to discover the wealth of amazing scenery, and the diversity of cultures, attitudes, living conditions etc. to be found on this planet of ours, some of the places being so remote I for one would never have ventured there but have been fascinated to share Ms Murphy's experiences vicariously.
I feel too that Rachel deserves huge admiration for her adventurous spirit at 5 years of age; sometimes it is her admirable stoicism I find amazing but as she features in later journeys (I did not read this author's works in chronological order, unfortunately) I assume she enjoyed the experiences too; indeed she and her own chidren accompany Dervla to Cuba but that's another story!
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