Jupiter's Travels Paperback – 10 Jul 1980
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In the late '70s, Ted Simon rode 63,000 miles over four years through fifty-four countries in a journey that took him around the world. Through breakdowns, prison, war, revolutions, disasters and a Californian commune, he travelled into the depths of fear and reached the heights of euphoria. He met astonishing people and was treated as a spy, a welcome stranger and even a god. For Simon, the trip became a journey into his own soul, and for many others - including bikers Charley Boorman and Ewan McGrergor - it provides an inspiration they will never forget.
About the Author
Brought up in England by a German mother and a Romanian father, Ted Simon found himself impelled by an insatiable desire to explore the world. It led him to abandon an early scientific career in favour of journalism, and he has worked for several newspapers and magazines on Fleet Street and elsewhere. Ted Simon is also the author of Riding Home and The Gypsy in Me.
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This could have been a first class travel book, has substance at times and I even find it funny on rare occasions, but has swearing, faoul language, sexist and disrespectful descriptions of certain young women
And besides what is the need of narrating his ‘physical adventures’? irrelevant and unnecessary in my opinion in a travel book.
The reasons why I want to read travel books, is because I am interested in nature, landscapes and history and so on, this ‘details’ spoil my reading and make me want to throw the book away, which is what I did…. in the end.
For example, when he mentions a smiling lady in Africa – nothing more beautiful than a smile, great so, why did he have to mention that he was so happy that he ‘was her lover’? or felt to be her lover or something to this effect? I was ‘puzzled’ by the choice of the word ‘lover’.
At times I have serious doubts that this man is capable of looking at a young woman, provided she is not too covered up, and consider her with respect and without ‘physical’ remarks, on the contrary it seems the only thing he can do is think of her body and a possible physical relationship …, I hope I am not correct and I do not know whether to laugh or cry ….
It was a sort of a pain to keep on reading, but ….
I had to stop on CD 10, when he said he met a young man called Pete in Panama, the only person the landlady allowed to cook his own meals, and mentioned that ‘he screwed every single girl in the hotel’, I stopped, I could not take it anymore.
I have trouble choosing how to define this, but whatever it is, this is not a travel book, not in my opinion.
Why on Earth is he mentioning these things?
This has no bearing or relevance in a travel book, I mean a well written and focused travel book
I do not know why I kept on reading as long as I did, I suppose to respect the fact that I spent money on this book.
I am also disappointed with Naxos, I wrote to them saying that next time they produce something like this, I would like to know about it before buying, they usually produce great audiobooks, classics of literature, but if I knew the book contained faoul language, sexist attitude and description of certain women, together with his physical exploits, I would not have bought it.
Like I said before, it could have been a first class travel book ….. anyway why would any editor NOT EDIT certain passages, ruining the book, which at times has deep thoughts and observations, for the sake of …. What? A few ….deviations?
And this book …. Was it a bestseller?
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I must admit that this is a much better book than "the long way around", (which is not a bad read), . mainly because Ewan and Charlie had loads of support, and was completed in a modern time of communication. Ted was pretty much "on his own", and an earlier period in time (70's). Therefore I found his story more of an adventure.
Would recommend even if you are not into bikes....
Ted Simon is clearly a unique individual, taking life as he finds it. He navigates with his heart and writes clearly of it.
His work is well researched and interesting. He reveals only limited detail of his life outside the adventure which keeps the reader wanting more of him. A truly legendary work.On a similar origional adventure theme I would recommend the following..Alone on the Blue NileDreaming Of Jupiter