Where the Indus is Young: A Winter in Baltistan Paperback – 15 Oct 2011
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"Altogether the most appallingly fascinating travel book I have ever read."
Intrepid Dervla Murphy heads off for the frozen heights of the Himalayas with her young daughter . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The trek took place between December 1974 and March 1975 when Dervla was 43. In some ways it comes across as dated, I am sure now no one would describe anyone as a “semi-idiot.” They experienced privations few travellers would put up with, walking unbelievable distances every day through rocky and treacherous terrain, over swaying bridges, braving avalanches, ravines, deep snow, quick sand and paths which were often destroyed by landslides. At night they slept on the dusty floor of huts with goats, yaks, chickens, and entire families who shared one room. Food was basic and usually a struggle to obtain, as the villagers were unimaginably poor. Both mother and daughter gave up washing entirely so that Dervla actually commented she had forgotten what she was wearing under her outer layers. There were fleas, rats and body lice…but for the author everything was more than compensated for by the stark, rare beauty of their immense surroundings.
The dangers to them both were constant and real, and it is probably a miracle that they, and Hallam, survived unscathed.
What a pity that the photographs are quite honestly dire, and don’t do the descriptions of the scenery justice one bit.
Dervla is very honest about how awful she was to Rachel on a couple of occasions, once when the poor child almost disappeared into a ravine when Hallam reared right on the edge of a precipice, and again when they had to say goodbye to the trusty steed.Read more ›
Dervla Murphy is an opinionated and caustic writer, but her writing is always accurate and very moving.
I thought her journey with her daughter was remarkable before I had my own children - now I read this with new eyes and with much greater appreciation of how remarkable she, and her daughter must be.
I'm not sure I would warm to Dervla if I ever met her, but this book is a must for anyone who is sick of bland, politically-correct travel writing.
Dervla is truly inspirational with an envious gift for describing people and scenery; equally her knowledge and interest in local politics and religion always make for a fascinating read, and this book lives up to all those expectations.
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Bought for my son who is quite a traveller, he really enjoyed it and felt he was with the author in these wonderful placesPublished on 25 Mar. 2013 by compulsive reader
this was purchased as a gift for my mother and has been brilliantly received, another good book in a thoroughly entertaining and interesting seriesPublished on 23 Jan. 2012 by Helen M. Moore