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The Last Great Adventure,
This review is from: First Overland: London-Singapore by Land Rover (Paperback)
For me, First Overland marks the end of the era of great human adventure, when the number of untested and unconquered journeys was dwindling fast. By the '60s, for anything to be considered an adventure, it required some element of space travel, so First Overland is notable in that it chronicles a wonderful journey of 6 resourceful men to get from London to Singapore - by road when they had it, and by unpaved paths, desert and jungle when there was no road to be had.
The 5 surviving members (Henry, the mechanic of the group, passed away several years ago according to Attenborough's forward) are traveling (by plane!) to Singapore to mark the 50th anniversary of their arrival on March 6 1956: when you read 'First Overland', the tone that Slessor captures makes it feel so immediate, yet the reader is struck by his insights into the coming upheaval in the Middle East (and now Burma / Myanmar) that make this overland trip impossible in our modern times.
A classic travel book, highly recommended!