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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly open and honest
Rob Lilwall's second book, Walking Home From Mongolia, is a strange yet compelling beast.

It is, on the face of it, a linear account of an extremely long and admittedly monotonous walk across the full breadth of mainland China. Rob positions the story deliberately as a sequel to Cycling Home from Siberia of some years ago. As with Siberia, the journey will...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for a quick read
Interesting but reads like a couple of guys messing about in a foreign country for a bit of a laugh in the manner of Jeremy Clarkson & co. If you are a young guy you might like it more.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly open and honest, 25 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Walking Home from Mongolia: Ten Million Steps Through China, from the Gobi Desert to the South China Sea (Paperback)
Rob Lilwall's second book, Walking Home From Mongolia, is a strange yet compelling beast.

It is, on the face of it, a linear account of an extremely long and admittedly monotonous walk across the full breadth of mainland China. Rob positions the story deliberately as a sequel to Cycling Home from Siberia of some years ago. As with Siberia, the journey will begin somewhere dauntingly remote; rules few in number but clear in scope are set; and in declaring a final destination of Rob's home in Hong Kong the foundations are laid for a simple, gruelling adventure.

Rob is quick to acknowledge that the reality of a journey like this is not necessarily filled with daily spectacles and dramas and epiphanies. Rather, it is a slow trudge accompanied (at least to begin with) by a big intellectual comedown; daily concerns becoming no more complicated than those of nourishment, shelter and companionship -- humanity's primary concerns for the vast majority of history. There are deeper personal rewards to be had, but they are revealed only with time and reflection, and only to those with eyes to see them.

For me, it is these distinctly unglorious aspects of the journey that created such an insightful and enjoyable read -- just as much as the anecdotes of derring-do involving hapless policeman and linguistic confusion and ill-advised forays into fifteen-mile-long road tunnels that make up the bread and butter of such an adventure.

I was left with memorable impression of a journey occasionally enlightening, often challenging and frequently miserable, but one ultimately meeting the author's deeply personal ambitions and representing a unique and unrepeatable chapter in his own ongoing spiritual journey.

If you're looking for a book in which to live out some Far Eastern travelling fantasy, this probably isn't going to be for you. But if a warts `n' all exposé of the challenges faced by a `professional' expeditioner looking for a meaningful journey in a rapidly-changing modern world is a prospect that floats your boat, I can highly recommend Walking Home From Mongolia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phew! Couldn't put it down!, 24 July 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyable book. You have to marvel at Rob and his cameraman's incredible journey. It was one of those books that I couldn't put down and looked forward to reading the next chapter whenever I had to leave it.

So much so, that I have ordered the DVD of the film they made whilst staggering across China - and a lot of it was a stagger! I felt very pleased to be reading it at home on my comfortable couch, with little more challenge than making the odd cup of tea in between chapters!

Rob's insights into the Mongolian and Chinese way of life are fascinating and all the more precious for stemming from his intimate and unique journey through difficult and isolated terrain - very often walking where no other westerner had walked before.

Rob deserves huge recognition for what was an amazing journey through incredibly difficult and little visited terrain, meeting folk who sometimes had never seen a "foreigner". Gasps of delight from them, as gasps of delight from me on reading it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Watch it on TV, 14 Feb 2014
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Miran Ali "I don't like anonymous reviewers" (Dhaka, Bangladesh) - See all my reviews
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I had bought this book expecting an interesting travelogue, some culture, history and insights. None of that. It's basically two guys walking from Mongolia to Hong Kong (I also didn't realise home meant HK). They eat a lot of instant noodles, they suffer from their own poor planning and meet some friendly people. They're also filming their epic walk for a TV show and about a third of the book is all about getting the right shots etc. Oh and they're using an iPhone with Apple Maps and not Google to chart their course, adventurous indeed. That's literally it. The author cites several other books on China like Colin Thubron (Shadow of the Silk Road) and Peter Hessler (China Driving and more) but those are far better books. Even a light weight like J Maarten Troost's Lost on Planet China is more interesting. In fact, even reading something as out of date as Paul Theroux's Riding the Iron Rooster is a better use of your time and money.

I would however recommend this book for children in their early teens. It's a simple, light weight book about two blokes. Kids who need to acquire a reading habit may enjoy it and there's not a word in it a 13 year old wouldn't understand.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for a quick read, 13 Feb 2014
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Interesting but reads like a couple of guys messing about in a foreign country for a bit of a laugh in the manner of Jeremy Clarkson & co. If you are a young guy you might like it more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker from Rob Lilwall, 11 Dec 2013
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This is a wonderfully engaging and honest read. The descriptions of people and places alongside the danger and joys of walking all that way make for a wonderful story. I
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2.0 out of 5 stars ok, has its moments, 7 July 2014
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Interesting dairy of a very hard slog with moments of highs and lows. A light read, looking forward to see the TV program
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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 AND EXPERIENCES THEY ENCOUNTER
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent and thought provoking, 9 Mar 2014
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This is a superb book, taking you through the trials of walking such a long distance and the beauty and changes that Is happening in China.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Walking Home from Mongolia, 19 Feb 2014
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Like Rob Lilwall's books. This one continues to interest as he travels through the various countries. very readable. Would recommend it to people who enjoy travel writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Walking Home From Mongolia, 12 Feb 2014
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Enjoyed it very much,interesting to hear how people survive in very cold conditions with very few creature comforts.Pure determination against the odds.
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