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From Alice to Ocean: Alone Across the Outback

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  124 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Hardcover, 223 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Addison-Wesley (first published January 1992)
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Andrea Blythe
May 04, 2011 Andrea Blythe rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
In From Alice to Ocean, a very large coffee table book, beautiful photographs provided by National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan are situated alongside excerpts from Robyn Davidson's travel memoir, Tracks. At first I did not intend to read this book in its entirety. I planned to only flip through it and look at the pretty pictures as a way to start thinking about Australia, which I will be visiting in the fall. As I read the captions, however, I began to be fascinated by this amazing journ ...more
Jun 11, 2007 Joanna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those with an urge to get out on the open road
I was listening to episode #111 of TAL: Adventures in the Simple Life, the story of three people who set out to travel across the US on horseback, when I suddenly flashed back to a book I read while in grade school about a woman who journeyed across Western Australia on camel. A couple of google searches later, and I found this book! When I checked this out of the library as a kid, I remember being fascinated by this woman's exotic journey and the starkness of the Australian outback. Apparently ...more

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and Engaging Account, July 9, 2006

Although large in size, and filled with breathtaking photographs, this book includes so much more than the regular "picture book". Robyn's thoughtful words make you feel as if you are traveling right along with her and her famous camels. The story is engaging and heart-wrenching; and the reader runs through the same emotions that Robyn feels at each leg of the journey, from the tr
Jul 05, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
This book is actually a coffee table book. I had seen the movie "Tracks" this past year and wished I could have seen the photo's of Robyn Davidson's journey that had been published in National Geographic at the time. I discovered my sister had this book on one visit to her home. She graciously let me borrow it. Along with the photo's there are several excerpts for Robyn's book, "Tracks" that gives a good synopsis of the journey. Loved this!
I gave it five stars. It's a gorgeous large format book. The photos are marvelous. The text/story is fascinating. The graphic design and overall presentation is almost perfect. (Excuse me while I grind my teeth grrrrr... why don't graphic designers ever get any credit!!)

Yeah, I think this book is sort of amazing, and my copy is not for sale.
Muriel Anderson
Jun 14, 2011 Muriel Anderson rated it liked it
The photography was really good. The author was rather eccentric which at times bordered on being crazy. But then maybe I would be a little crazy crossing the interior of Australia alone with 4 camels.
Jan 03, 2010 Paulette rated it really liked it
A beautiful travel journal of one young woman's walk across the continent of Australia. At times I felt I was drying out in the desert with her and some of the hardships she endures are heart wrenching.
Nate Hendrix
Mar 21, 2011 Nate Hendrix rated it it was amazing
This is a coffee table book. The photos are by the guy that did A Day in the Life and the text is excerpts from Robyn davidson's book Tracks. She travels with 3 camels and a dog from Alice Springs west to the ocean. The pictures are amazing and the story is cool.
I didn't read this, as I've already read the book, but I did enjoy flipping through the book looking at the pictures, especially after reading Robyn's comments regarding Rick's pics.
Oct 15, 2009 Christine rated it liked it
A national geographic coffee table book companion to the book "Tracks" by the same author.
Jan 04, 2014 Chrissy rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel, nonfiction
I confess, I did not actually "read" this book having just finished "Tracks" the book from which this text is excerpted. However, the pictures are stunning and add a great deal to the tale.
Apr 14, 2010 Micaela rated it really liked it
Okay this one is goes along with Tracks and cannot be seen until you read that first...then take a peek...great pics of the camels and the do and a few of Australia
Oct 31, 2015 Christiana rated it it was amazing
Not only is the journey unforgettable with brilliant photography, but the author is beautifully and brutally honest. Absolutely stunning.
Oct 09, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing story with GREAT pictures!
Elesa Labanz
Oct 27, 2013 Elesa Labanz rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. The photos are incredible and I think I will read Tracks as well which is a more comprehensive look at her trip.
May 15, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: may, 2015, hillsbororeads
Beautiful photos, but I would have liked more of them.
Mar 17, 2010 Steven rated it it was amazing
WOW great book of empowerment
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Robyn Davidson was born on a cattle property in Queensland, Australia. She went to Sydney in the late sixties, then spent time studying in Brisbane before moving to Alice Springs, where the events of this book begin. Since then, she has traveled extensively, living in London, New York, and India. In the early 1990s, she migrated with and wrote about nomads in northwestern India. She is now based i ...more
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