57th out of 105 books — 27 voters
Where the Indus Is Young: Walking to Baltistan
One winter, Dervla Murphy and her six-year-old daughter Rachel walked into the Karakoram mountains in the frozen heart of the Western Himalayas and along the perilous Indus Gorge. Accompanied only by a gallant polo pony, they encountered conditions that tested the limits of their ingenuity, endurance, and courage. Hair-raising, gloriously subjective, and with the quirky vi...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by HarperCollins UK
(first published 1978)
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As usual, Dervla Murphy amazes me in her ability to adapt and flourish in new environments. In this book, her six-year-old daughter adds to my amazement by joining Ms. Murphy in hiking around in the Baltistan region of the Karakoram Mountains (part of the Himalayas) during the winter of 1974-1975. Despite my amazement, however, I found this tale to be less engaging than some of Ms. Murphy's other books, as she repeats herself quite a lot and doesn't go into as much political/historical detail as...more
Loved the book because it reads like an adventure story. All the while cheering for the daughter to survive without any adverse affects. Miss Murphy had the perfect attitude to travel to a far away place and be able to enjoy the people and the scenery. Sad there are no such places to visit any longer.
Murphy grew up in the small town of Lismore, County Waterford, to parents she describes as "Dublin bourgeoisie". Her father was the local librarian and her mother suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. From an early age she wanted to travel; she claims that for her tenth birthday she received an atlas and a bicycle and decided to cycle to India. However, she left school at 14 and spent much of the ne...moreMore about Dervla Murphy...