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Full Tilt: From Dublin to Delhi with a Bicycle Paperback – 5 Jan 2004
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Captivating ... an enchantment that holds the reader as engrossed as would an exciting thriller (Irish Independent)
A distinctive and highly entertaining account of the tribulations encountered and the beauty along the way (Times Educational Supplement)
Her seven-month journey is continuously entertaining, and her fortitude continuously astonishing (Sunday Telegraph)
By almost anyone else's standards she had a hell of a time, but she communicates a high enjoyment that will be shared by all her readers (Daily Telegraph)
Few people can have had a better chance of understanding Asian people than Dervla Murphy (Daily Telegraph)
This book has the charm of spontaneity and the ring of absolute truth (Irish Times)
Warmly described, and with a lack of self-regard that immediately endears her to the reader (Sunday Times)
Warmly entertaining book ... range of engaging traveller's tales (Western Daily Press)
Fascinating, gripping and completely satisfying (Liverpool Echo)
[Dervla Murphy is] always great value ... fascinating account of her trials and tribulations, and also the beauty of her journey (Eastern Daily Press)
For an insight into a unique region, and a unique woman, you couldn't do much better than this. (James Herron, Geographical Magazine)
Dervla Murphy proves herself a true traveller ... who engages sympathy from the start by her qualities of tact, charity and courage (The Spectator)
Shortly after her tenth birthday, inspired by an atlas she was given, Dervla Murphy decided to cycle to India. Almost twenty years later she set out to achieve her ambition, pedalling her trusty bicycle, Roz.See all Product Description
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In comparison to this, anyone other (even her own) cycle trip just pales into ordinariness. The material is sufficiently extraordinary that the plain diary style is an adequate vehicle. The observations and empathy for the peoples and places make this a great travel book, not just the greatest cycle travel book.
Written from the notes made enroute, mainly after entering Asia, this book gives a inside view to the people of the middle east and the difference between politics and religious beliefs in a simple yet expedient way.
Although the journey was made in 1963 much of what is contained in the travelogue is as relevant today as it was then and helps to understand what is happening in the middle east.
A first class read and a great book.
On re-reading it my admiration for her courage is undiminished - but I was soon struck my just how much the world has changed. Some of the countries she travelled through (albeit with some difficulties) have since become impossible for any independent traveller. The cold war conflict between the USSR and USA were being played out in Afghanistan but who could have guessed the tragedy that lay ahead for the Afghans? I had forgotten the episode visiting the Buddhas at Bamian - a sight no-one will ever see again as these were destroyed by the Taliban a few years ago. She writes of both Afghanistan and Pakistan with great affection but is much less kind to Iran and India.....
She is well able to cope with the simplicity on offer. Her description of a Grade A hotel in Herat was wonderful: "It has an Eastern lavatory but with flush attached (when I pulled the string the whole apparatus collapsed and I was drenched in rusty water!) and there is also a holder for lavatory paper on the wall which makes one feel that if one stayed here long enough it might have paper too some day."
I do have problems with writers who make sweeping negative statements about a whole people. About the Kashmiris she said "The people are in general the most moronic I've met since Persia..." Also "The standard of intelligence of the average village school-teacher is incredibly low" - this was stated after 26 days in Pakistan!Read more ›
I have just read Eight Feet in the Andes, a heart-wrending account of the abject, unbelievable poverty and beauty of rural Peru, its incredible landscapes and its indiginous Indians, trapped in an apparent "moribund culture", very moving indeed.
I look forward to reading all her books. Thank you Dervla, for the experiences you share, and your compassionate and intelligent insight and your love of life, humanity. travels in wildernesses and especially remote, (rather high) mountains. I have visited the himalayas (Pokhara, Badrinath, Kashmir, parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan) and have so loved reading your descriptions of the high ranges and the way of life of so many different cultures.
We westerners can often be ignorant and blinkered, taking so much for granted in our quite privileged society.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simply breathtaking true drama. What incredible stamina! Much stranger than fiction. Wonderful.Published 1 month ago by Mr. Philip Terry
Quite amazing account of Dervla Murphy's cycle journey from Ireland to India covering a whole host of countries along the way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Juliette Young
Girls having adventures - great! Bicycles involved - even better! don't know how Dervle survived but her humorous account of her solo trip is a classic and deserves to be so!Published 6 months ago by Branwen Patagonia
Lovely easy book to read tho one does get more and more engrossed in her travel experiences as the diary entries lengthen and as the journey unfolds. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fascinating book that really shows you how times have and have not changed in both the good ways and the bad. Read morePublished 11 months ago by wjmonde93
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