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5.0 out of 5 stars A motorcycle Odyssey through exotic climes ..., 29 Sep 2008
This review is from: Under Asian Skies: Eye Opening Motorcycle Adventure Through the Cultures and Colours of Asia (Paperback)
Under Asian Skies
Under Asian Skies is a very personal memoir of a once in a lifetime, extended trip to a part of the world which evokes welcome images of the exotic, not least since we have just experienced the greyest British `summer' known to modern man. Packed along the way with interesting little nuggets of information, peopled with diverse and often colourful characters, detailing personal challenges and obstacles to be overcome and peppered with insightful social observations, this is a frank and honest account of an adventure which offers much for anyone considering a `gap year' or `career break' vacation, with or without motorcycle.

The author, Sam Manicom, comes across as a compulsively likeable character whose laid-back philosophy is non-discriminatory and dictates that he takes the world at face value. His reaction to the potentially catastrophic incident, where he is sent flying off his beloved bike `Libby' by an idiotic third party, is by any measure astoundingly tolerant. There is also his commendable stoicism in the face of medical setbacks which would have reduced almost anyone else, myself included, to a gibbering wreck! These noble virtues are offset by an indefatigable sense of adventure and not inconsiderable degree of impulsiveness - some might say recklessness - not to mention the unexpectedly mulish stubbornness provoked by encountering a little mild bureaucracy when entering Australia. Most refreshing to me, however, is that he doesn't take himself too seriously, as memorably illustrated in his cheerful description of a gross-out incident on a bus of truly epic proportions. You need to read the book ...

I thoroughly enjoyed `Under Asian Skies' and cannot help but regard Sam Manicom as a real inspiration to those of us who hold a dearly cherished dream to travel widely and experience all that other cultures have to offer, but haven't yet found the courage to live it.
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