Dreaming Of Jupiter Paperback – 15 Nov 2007
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Gloriously luminescent, but always self-deprecating. Simon's physical powers are diminishing, but his writing just gets better. The wonderful portraits of the people he encounters, often redolent of Bruce Chatwin, are sometimes so enticing that, were this a movie, you'd swear they were a plant for later on (OBSERVER)
This book has barely left my side in the past few days. It is, by turns, sad, funny and immensely uplifting (TELEGRAPH)
A trip of dreams - and Ted Simon has done it twice . . . a terrific read (RTE GUIDE)
He was on the road for three years, and his new book, Dreaming of Jupiter, is a compelling account of the adventures en route, including breaking a leg in the middle of a vast plain in Ethiopia; a reunion with a camel rider he'd met 25 years before in Eg (SAGA MAGAZINE)
* The sequel to the classic travel book JUPITER'S TRAVELS, which sold over half a million copies and was the inspiration for the LONG WAY ROUND tripSee all Product Description
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And he did all this without back up teams of people to support him or arrange his visas or anything else, but on his own.
However, it is a very different book to Jupiter's Travels.
I think this is possibly explained by Ted himself in chapter 27 -'It seemed to me impossible to say anything upbeat and optimistic about the changes I had seen'.
Whilst Jupiter's Travels was full of optimism - indeed Ted describes himself seeing 'in the world of the seventies a kind of innocence' - the world of the new millenium is rather less so. Vastly improved communication has destroyed the innocence. The immolation of the twin towers, and America's reaction to it, has created a very different world.
So Dreaming of Jupiter is not an optimistic book, but may well give you much food for thought.
The good news is that Ted is an optimist himself, because only an optimist could have undertaken this journey, not once, but twice.
Once again Ted gives only snippets of his life outside the trip keeping our curiosity raw.a truly original thinker and writer with strong humanitarian values. Can we have an auto- biography Ted? Other books are in my previous reviews and I thoroughly recommend the following. The Old GloryThe Riddle of the Sands
I recommended it to many people, (my wife included) who loved it, and I have promoted that book to many other people who have also enjoyed it.
So, after enjoying reading the first book so much I was really excited about buying 'Draming of Jupiter' and reading it.
Big mistake. But, let me tell you why..
For those with a short attention span, who want a quick answer to `should I buy this book?' the answer is:
"only if you enjoy listening to the irritating moaning of a grumpy old Englishman on a repeat journey around the world to see if he is as important and famous as he thinks he might be, only to find out the answer is no".
To expand slightly, Ted brings us all on a literary ride where he visits all the places he went to 30 years or so ago and (in summary) reports that everything is essentially worse off and (surprise, surprise) is not as good as it was `back in his day', as judged from the lofty heights of the typical English post-colonial in-built superiority that views any country or person that isn't English with (mostly unconscious and well-meaning) condescension, ridicule and light pity. All the while attempting to cover this with a thin veil of being a `man of the world' and `curious and open to all cultures' while (almost without fail) criticising or disapproving of each one he encounters. It's a non-stop litany of whinges. He attempts all along to mask his innate grumpy-old-man nature with occasional self-deprecation and modesty but sadly it never quite covers the painful reality of the all-too-apparent subtext.Read more ›
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Revisits a good book to make a dull one with lame romance added on.Published 3 months ago by Fenugreek
This is the second book of two incredible journeys. Very interesting, disturbing and concerning on how the world has changed for the worst such a short space of time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Wood
a great read, especially if you've read the first book. I felt like i was there with him and felt every emotion. Great stuff!Published 6 months ago by dave
Such a good read. will read it over again before I die!Published 8 months ago by (Cyril the Squirrel)
Received the book, it has the first six pages of chapter one left out. Starts on page seven. Will cost me more than it's worth to send it back for replacement or refund, so I'll... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Doug Cox