Winner of the Thomas Cook travel book award. The internationally acclaimed account of Robyn Davidson's epic journey across seventeen thousand miles of Australian desert and bush with four camels and a dog.
One of the great travel books, whether or not you care about the Australian outback.
Robyn Davidson decides that she is going to make a trip across the Outback with camels, in spite of the fact that she knows nothing about camel trekking.
I found the author irritating in her bad choices, whining and selfishness. Long descriptions of her depression (over her bouts of stupidity) added only to make one glad of reaching the final page.
Her knowledge of camels comes from training by 2 different social misfits. If you do not like reading about animals being abused, I would suggest passing this one by.
A young woman's solo camel-trek across the Australian desert forms the backbone of this non-fiction tale, but the narrator comes off as such an unpleasant, self-deluding person that it's not as enjoyable a read as it could have been.
The book kept my interest, but she didn't conclude on a couple of points during the story.
Exciting first person account of a brave woman's journey on camelback through the Australian wilderness. It also gives good insights on how the Australians "solved" the Aborigine "problem".
A great story about one woman's journey through the Australian outback. Very engaging and a very good read.
The story of a woman who walks 1700 miles across Australia--by herself! Riveting and witty and very well written.
A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1,700 miles of Australian Outback.
True story of a determined woman to make the trek across the Australian deserts on camelback!
Originally published in 1980, this book went through several reprintings after appearing in 1995. While there is a good map, there is no index, so it wasn't as useful as I had hoped. The story begins with our intrepid heroine arriving in Alice Springs--she goes on to learn to be a 'camel jockey' and cross the wastelands of the interior of Australia.
I found her description of the Aussie blokes of the era, in that frontier town, to be especially interesting. Ms. Davidson points out that there is a reason that Australia contributed so many rabid feminists to the movement (often abroad).
A good read, although a bit too much 'belly-button-fuzz' introspection for my tastes.